1974 September 14

First Lady Betty Ford Endorses Equality For Women and African-Americans


In a speech to the National Council of Negro Women, First Lady Betty Ford expressed her support for equality for women and African-Americans. At the end of the talk, she received a standing ovation from the predominantly African-American audience.

Throughout her husband Gerald Ford’s term as president, Betty Ford established a reputation for independent thinking and action. A week earlier, on September 9, 1974, for example, she said she would campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that would grant equality to 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

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