In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Clinton Foundation and University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will host Remembering Betty Ford, a conversation about the woman who made a positive and lasting impact on our country. The conversation will include Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, and Lisa McCubbin, author of Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, an intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford.
A book signing will follow the conversation. Copies of Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer are available for purchase through the Clinton Museum Store online, in store, and at the event. Those who purchase their book through the Clinton Museum Store will receive priority line access at the signing. Your book purchase at the Clinton Museum Store supports the Clinton Foundation’s work to improve lives in the U.S. and around the world.
This program is held in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service. The event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is an intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa McCubbin - with foreword by Susan Ford Bales - the book tells the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo—breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery.
Susan Ford Bales is a Virginia native and now resides in McKinney, Texas. She is the daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. Susan is the mother of two daughters, Tyne Berlanga and Heather Devers, three step-sons, Kevin, Matthew, and Andrew Bales and five grandchildren. In addition to her many charitable and public service activities, Susan serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health, Co-Trustee of the President Gerald R. Ford Historical Legacy Trust, Trustee of the Elizabeth B. Ford Charitable Trust, Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Children’s National Medical Center.
Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist and the author of four New York Times bestselling books. Published in September 2018, is Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, the landmark biography of one of the most admired and influential women of our time.
A graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Ms. McCubbin has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio talk show, and spent six years in the Middle East as a freelance journalist in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Doha, Qatar.