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Archive for July 8th, 2011

Quotes from the Late Betty Ford

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Betty Ford died today at age 93. She was First Lady during very rough times (1974-77 which I remember personally.

I remember her as a woman who always stood tall from the inside out. She said what she thought. She didn’t worry if her husband’s political party agreed with her opinions.

Perhaps it was unusual for a first lady to be as outspoken about issues as I was, but that was my temperament, and I believed in it,” she said in an interview for this story at her Rancho Mirage, Calif., home in 1994. “I don’t like to be dishonest, so when people asked me, I said what I thought.

She had rough times. She made mistakes. She admitted them and stood tall again. I love women like that.

You never know what you can do until you have to do it. In the beginning, it was like going to a party you’re terrified of, and finding out to your amazement that you’re having a good time.

She believed in equal rights for women. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment even though many were not happy about her actions.

What man could afford to pay for all the things a wife does, when she’s a cook, a mistress, a chauffeur, a nurse, a baby-sitter? But because of this, I feel women ought to have equal rights, equal Social Security, equal opportunities for education, an equal chance to establish credit.

Points of Historical Reference

For the record, when my father died in 1973, my mom could get not get a credit card. She had been writing all the joint checks from a joint account to pay their joint bills. She was a 38 year old mother of 2. She was a homeowner. She had a FULL TIME teaching position which she’d had since 1968.

If I remember right, Sunoco turned mom down specifically because she was female and single… and she never bought another drop of gasoline from that company. I also seem to remember that Sears finally gave her credit, before any other place would “take the risk.”

Also, it was legal in the US in the 1970’s to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace. Many women lost seniority, raises and even jobs, based on this fact.

Betty Ford was talking aloud about these issues and more. Some of these topics had not come into the press until she started talking. She also raised awareness of breast cancer and substance abuse because of her own experiences. She didn’t hide her truth from the public, even when it was not so lovely.

Betty Ford, rest in peace.

If you are interested, here is a Washington Post article about Ms. Ford.

(Photo, taken 2009 at Gone Wired Cafe… Flowers seemed appropriate.)