Betty Ford: Mourning the Passing of a Great American

Posted on July 11, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Betty Ford, who broke from the traditional role of First Lady to craft her own legacy by being an outspoken champion for women’s rights and women’s health, including abortion, died Friday at the age of 93.

Mrs. Ford came to the national stage in 1974 when her husband, Gerald Ford, became president after the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. She quickly became known for her candor, openness and courage as she publicly confronted her battle with breast cancer and her dependency on drugs and alcohol.

After Mrs. Ford and her husband left office, she founded the Betty Ford Center that helped more than 90,000 people overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol, including celebrities like Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Taylor and Lindsay Lohan.

“Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation’s First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life,” said President Obama upon learning of her death.

In a story about her death, USA Today wrote that Mrs. Fords’ “outspokenness emboldened feminists” and redefined the role of the first lady.

With the passing of Betty Ford the nation has lost a true American hero.

C.Z.T.

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