Elizabeth Anne Ford was born on April 8, 1918 and died on July 8, 2011. Betty was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and set a precedent as a politically active presidential spouse. Ford also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1973 to 1974.
Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy. In addition, she was a passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). As a supporter of Abortion rights 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 Equal Rights Amendment, 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.
The information above is cited from Wikipedia and I chose Betty for these very reasons for her tireless work and what she stood up for with equal rights, abortion and being part of the Women’s movement. Another amazing woman in history that I would’ve loved to have had a conversation with.
This quote from Betty Ford talking about equal rights for all resonates with me and should with everyone. It’s 2020 and we are still fighting for equal rights, so when will that happen? Will it ever happen? I’d like to think that maybe just maybe that the world will wake up and take a good look around and make positive changes for equal rights and other issues because life is too short.