07/11/2011 07:16 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2011

5 Risks First Lady Betty Ford Took For Women

Former First Lady Betty Ford died last weekend at the age of 93. Betty wasn't afraid to share her liberal or moderate positions on social issues, and some presidential historians believe her legacy could outweigh her husband's. Betty took risks more cautious presidential wives would not have, and as the New York Times wrote in its obituary, she was an "outspoken and much-admired" first lady. Here are five examples of how Betty made the most of her brief time in the White House by making a difference for American women.

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