First Lady Betty Ford  / by Molly Schiot

Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ford (nee Bloomer) was known for her athletic prowess - often playing hockey and football with local boys. She later studied dance, training under Martha Graham in New York City before opening her own studio. After a three year marriage to William Warren, Bloomer married Gerald Ford - making her one of only three divorcees to become First Lady. A leader in the 1970's women's movement, Ford was pro-choice and a vocal proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment.  

Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ford (nee Bloomer) was known for her athletic prowess - often playing hockey and football with local boys. She later studied dance, training under Martha Graham in New York City before opening her own studio. After a three year marriage to William Warren, Bloomer married Gerald Ford - making her one of only three divorcees to become First Lady. A leader in the 1970's women's movement, Ford was pro-choice and a vocal proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment.