- Tip: Navigate with your left and right arrow keys1Up 7Down 3Betty Ford was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 (the tenure of her husband, Gerald Ford, as President), and during that relatively brief time, she made her stamp on American politics. One of the most influential feminists of her day, Ford was a staunch advocate of abortion rights, the Equal Protection Amendment and equal pay for women. She also helped to raise awareness about breast cancer, a disease from which she suffered herself. (A short time after moving to the White House, she underwent a mastectomy.)
But Ford is best remembered today for her career after her time in the White House. After being treated for her own alcohol and drug addiction, she founded the Betty Ford Center - probably the world's most famous rehabilitation clinic - in Rancho Mirage, California.
Ford died in July of 2011 at the age of 93, making her the third longest-lived First Lady of all time. (Her late husband, Gerald, had also lived to be 93.) She will be remembered as one of our most outspoken, influential and political First Ladies, compared frequently to icons like Eleanor Roosevelt.<< PREV 1 of 10 NEXT >>
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