Profile of the Day: Betty Ford
Today we remember former First Lady Betty Ford, who was born April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third child and only daughter of William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr., a traveling salesman, and his wife, Hortense. During her husband’s presidency, Betty was highly active in social policy and set the precedent as a politically active presidential wife. She continued her social work long after leaving the White House. Betty was open about her own struggles with addiction, and used her experiences to empower her to help others. In 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, a rehabilitation center for individuals undergoing treatment for addiction.
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