Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Betty Ford - Feminist


I watched a Betty Ford documentary last evening on PBS and became reacquainted with the strong, well grounded First Lady who was not afraid to speak her mind. Looking back on her life, I now realize how important she was to the women's movement. Betty Ford spoke out in support of abortion, staunchly supported the ERA, was very public about her breast cancer and not only admitted to the world her addiction to drugs and alcohol, but started a clinic which she participated in, giving strength to those afflicted with the same disease.

In today's political climate, it was almost mind boggling to watch this down to earth couple going about their very real lives. No staging, teleprompters, phony promises, arrogant stances, Greek columns or organic arugula grown on the White House south lawn. In fact, after President Ford was sworn in (upon Nixon's resignation), the family lived in the same home they had lived in for years, cooking and cleaning and parenting, until Nixon's belongings could be removed from the White House and the Ford family moved in.

If you have a chance to watch this on your PBS station, I highly recommend it. Betty Ford really was the real deal and a remarkable women.

4 comments:

Sal said...

Thanks for reminding me of her contributions. I haven't read much about her since her husband's funeral. I hope she is doing well.

Greenconsciousness said...

and another one is Ladybird Johnson - whose voice I can mimic; "Anyone can plant a native treeeee, a ssshrub or a buush". I loved her and the highways are a mass of beautiful wild flowers because of her.

And speaking of beauty this blog looks Great. I am actually jealous.

Double Jointed Fingers said...

Ahah! You are a performer!

You've inspired me to read about Ladybird and maybe do a post on her.

Glad you like the new blog look. It actually inspires me. Now, if I could only add some essential oil smells to the blog - I guess I'll just have to settle for the visual...

Greenconsciousness said...

Ladybird was the first environmentalist. Brought back the native species - planted wild flowers that did not need pesticides instead of cultivated flowers. I mean demanded states plant wild flowers in the parks and on the hyways. Got money for them to do it. She has great prairies gardens named after her -- she is quite a hero in the environmental set. Anyone can plant....we all used to say that smiling.