Category: first lady

Betty Ford (1918-2011) served as the First Lad…

Betty
Ford
(1918-2011) served as the First Lady and the Second
Lady of the United States during the 1970s. She was a dedicated advocate for a
number of progressive causes, particularly regarding the rights of women and
minorities, setting the precedent for a politically active First Lady.

She was an important figure in the Women’s
Movement, supporting the Equal Rights Amendment and candidly offering her
feminist, pro-choice views. In 1982, she established a recovery center for drug
and alcohol dependency.

Rosalynn Carter (b. 1927) served as the First …

Rosalynn
Carter
(b. 1927) served as the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
She was active in the Carter administration as the President’s closest advisor,
and advocated a number of causes.

She became the First Lady of the state of
Georgia in 1970, and worked to provide better mental health facilities. She
also served as an envoy to Latin America, and led a delegation which investigated
the situation of refugees in Southeast Asia.

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