1975 May 7

Betty Ford Takes Credit for a Woman in President Ford’s Cabinet


At an event sponsored by the federal advisory committees on the status of women, First Lady Betty Ford, without mentioning the name, took credit for her husband President Gerald Ford having appointed a woman to his Cabinet. The cabinet member was Carla Hills, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job,” Betty Ford said with a smile. “Look at the Cabinet.”

Throughout her husband’s term as President, Betty Ford established herself and an independent-minded and outspoken First Lady.

On September 14, 1975, she endorsed equality for African Americans and women.

Learn more: Betty Ford, The Times of My Life (1978)

Watch a documentary on Betty Ford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc_KY9-5Qzs

See the work of the Betty Ford Center: http://www.bettyfordcenter.org/index.php

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