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5 Things To Know About Betty Ford, “Stealth Feminist” And First Lady

Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.

After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »

Lindsay Lohan Accused Of Assaulting A Betty Ford Clinic Employee

Drama follows Lindsay Lohan everywhere she goes and the Betty Ford clinic, where she been holed up for substance abuse treatment after a stint in the clink, is no exception.

A Betty Ford employee named Dawn Holland — who has since been fired for blabbing to TMZ — claims that on Sunday night LiLo (or “Bella G.,” as she’s known in rehab) was out drinking past curfew with her roommates, refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and threw a phone at her when confronted. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Betty Ford

BETTY FORD (1918- )

Former First Lady Betty Ford, born Betty Ann Bloomer in 1918, was a pioneering force for the causes of substance abuse rehabilitation and breast cancer awareness. Never before had a public figure, let alone a First Lady, allowed the people to know so much of her private life. Betty Ford stunned the nation with her public admission of her prescription drug and alcohol abuse. By allowing all to see that drug and alcohol abuse can affect anyone and, more importantly, that a person can recover from those addictions, Ford set an example. Her passion for helping others with the same struggles led her and her husband, President Gerald Ford, to establish the Betty Ford Clinic. Over the years, the Betty Ford Clinic has helped celebrities and ordinary people alike break free of substance abuse.

Not only did Betty Ford speak openly about her substance abuse, but also she revealed her struggle with breast cancer. Going public with her mastectomy raised national awareness for breast cancer. Her life is a living and lasting legacy of how our experiences can shape and make better the lives of countless others.

Further reading:

  • Betty Ford: Candor And Courage In The White House by John Robert Greene
  • The Times of My Life by Betty Ford

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