- Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford was First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford
|Born:||08 April 1918 Comment |
|When did Betty Ford die? / Died||08 July 2011|
|How many years did Betty Ford live? / Lived||93 years|
Betty Ford facts
- As First Lady, she was active in social policy and created precedents as a politically active presidential wife
- Throughout her husband's term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues
- Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy
- In addition, she was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
- Pro-choice on abortion and a leader in the Women's Movement, she gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot-button issue of the time, including feminism, equal pay, the ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control
- She also raised awareness of addiction when in the 1970s, she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse, being the first First Lady to do so
- Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement
- She was the founder, and served as the first chair of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction
- She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R
- Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented 1991 by George H
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