Earlier today, former first lady Betty Ford passed away at the age of 93. Betty Ford was best known for the years (1974 – 1977) that she served as First Lady where she was one of the most active First Ladies in regards to social policy. In fact, many historians believe that Betty Ford had a large impact on history and society than her husband Gerald Ford. Below is a look back on the life of Betty Ford.
A Look Back on the Life of Betty Ford
- When Betty Ford was 14, she began modeling clothes and teaching children dances such. She also entertained and worked with children with disabilities at the Mary Free Bed Home for Crippled Children.
- After being accepted by Graham as a student, Betty Ford moved to Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and worked as a fashion model for the John Robert Powers firm in order to pay for her dance classes. She later joined Graham’s auxiliary troupe and performed with the company at Carnegie Hall.
- Before marrying Gerald Ford, Betty Ford married William C. Warren, who worked for his father in insurance sales, in 1942.
- Weeks after Betty Ford became First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer and became an advocate for raising awareness for breast cancer.Betty Ford also raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism during the 1970s.
- Following her White House years, Betty Ford continued to remain active in the feminist movement. She is the founder, and served as the first chairwoman of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.
How will you remember Betty Ford?