Despite being thrust into the role of first lady with no warning, Betty Ford will be remembered as one of the most outspoken, independent and intelligent first ladies we've ever had.
Edith Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, and Betty Ford entered the White House under stressful conditions, but each came to embrace the position of first lady, and leave her mark on history. See how the assassinations of McKinley and Kennedy and the resignation of Nixon thrust these women into the spotlight. Then see the contributions they made, beautifying D.C., championing women's rights, and even helping to build the West Wing -- all of which strengthened their remarkable legacies.
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