In The Loop – July 1, 2022

This week the stars have lined up to tell a very interesting story of an amazing woman who many readers haven’t thought of in years. So as the Supreme Court has now officially made its ruling on the perennial issue of Roe vs Wade, and the talk of activism is burning a trail across the country, I happened to stumble onto a Showtime series called The First Lady.

The show focuses attention on three former first ladies from three different times in history – Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michele Obama. It’s really a terrific TV series, well written and has some great talent – Jillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama.

Why do I bring this up now? With talk of “what’s a country to do now?”, some have revised the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution for women as a long awaited, long-term solution to the hotly discussed actions of the SCOTUS last week. Its fascinating that as the wife of a moderate Republican (President Gerald Ford), Betty used her White House Office and powerful voice as the first lady to advocate and energize women’s across the country in the mid-seventies on a campaign to enact changes to the Constitution to protect women’s rights in a variety of ways…KEEP READING…

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