(38) Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Ford


Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Ford



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Gerald Ford

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Other marriages 




Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum: Betty Ford Biography

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation: Betty Ford Biography

Papers/letters collections

Presidential R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum: Betty Ford White House Papers

Book: The Times of My Life

Book: Betty: A Glad Awakening 

Historical sites

Gerald R. Ford Museum Exhibit

Betty Ford Gravesite

Fascinating details

  • Betty Ford gained enormous popularity for her candor with the public about most subjects including her own health issues, her children, and her feelings toward being the wife of a politician.
  • Betty displayed a striking willingness to advocate for women, including being a staunch champion of the Equal Rights Amendment, lobbying wavering legislators for their votes.
  • She is also said to have contributed to President Ford’s decision to name 21 women to posts requiring Senate approval, bringing the total to 45.
  • Co-founded the Betty Ford Center, premier alcohol and drug addiction treatment center, at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA after recovering from alcohol and substance abuse herself.
  • Presented with many awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999, alongside Gerald Ford.