Full Caption: First Lady Betty Ford with Liz Carpenter and Elly Peterson. Photograph, 1977. ERAmerica Records (container 177). Manuscript Division. Full Caption: First Lady Betty Ford with Liz Carpenter and Elly Peterson. Photograph, 1977. ERAmerica Records (container 177). Manuscript Division.

President and Mrs. Ford were longtime supporters of the ERA: Gerald Ford supported Martha Griffiths in her discharge petition of August 1970, although he did not sign it, and Betty Ford, along with Lady Bird Johnson and Rosalynn Carter, endorsed the ERA before more than two thousand delegates and twenty thousand guests at the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston. Liz Carpenter—journalist and former press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson—and Elly Peterson became codirectors of ERAmerica.

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