My Betty Ford/Victorious Woman Connection

I was in Washington DC on business at the end of December 2006. President Gerald Ford had just passed away and the his body was lying in state at the U.S. Capitol Building. Joseph and I decided to be part of that historical funeral and during the early evening hours, we joined thousands of others lining up to pay their respects. We watched as the funeral procession reach the Capitol. As the pall bearers carried the casket up the Capitol steps, I thought about the family’s sadness, especially that of his spouse of fifty-eight years.

As the casket was being readied inside the Capitol, we waited in long, long lines. I was happy that the weather was unusually mild for a December day because Joseph and I waited for hours. While we did, we talked with others. Some had traveled a distance to be in the line. I was surprised at how many were there because of Betty Ford. Until then, all I really knew about Mrs. Ford was that she’d survived breast cancer and then had an addiction problem and then started a clinic that serviced all the celebrities. I thought those two victories were plenty…but there was so much more.

When I returned home, I did some research. I was fascinated by Mrs. Ford’s early life and how she handled the first confusing days of the Ford presidency. The more I researched, the more I thought Betty Ford really embodied everything Victorious Woman. That’s when I decided to start honoring a different Victorious Woman each month – and Betty Ford was the first.

Attached is the Victorious Woman article I wrote in January 2007. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you. Betty Ford – Victorous Woman January 2007


Did you enjoy this article? Please SHARE it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

What is the Victorious Woman Project?

Founded by Annmarie Kelly, the Victorious Woman Project is a female empowerment resource containing articles, classes, books, podcasts and other tools for women over 40.

Advice for Achieving your Goals

We all need a little help achieving our goals - these articles offer tips and insight to help you reach your dreams!

blog: Victory Tips

An extensive listing of blog posts that help you take control of your life and live empowered. These articles are full of victory tips.

In Annmarie’s World

News and announcements that personally relate to Annmarie Kelly - award winning author, women's empowerment champion and podcast host.


Articles and blog posts that are inspiring and empowering. These are stories of women and couples who have overcome difficult issues.


Topics and articles that are worthy of sharing. Sometimes this is related to pop culture, celebrities, science, politics or local news

Turning points

Those moments in life when everything changes are called Turning Points. These articles share those moments - find inspiration.

Featured On

as seenon badge
as seenon badge
as seenon badge
as seenon badge
philly inquirer logo
style magazine logo
the zoe report logo
as seenon badge
as seenon badge
amk featured on marie clair magazine
pbs logo
as seenon badge
as seenon badge
five year marriage featured on growth marriage podcast
as seenon badge
market watch report logo
yahoo finance logo