WOMEN: A Fighting First Lady

In the White House, President and Mrs. Ford were watching the late evening news recently when a funereal chorus of seven black-clad women appeared on the screen. "Betty Ford," they intoned, "will be remembered as the unelected First Lady who pressured second-rate manhood on American women." The mummery was yet another attack upon Mrs. Ford for her enthusiastic lobbying on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would guarantee women equality with men under the law. But the self-possessed First Lady was hardly unnerved. "I went to bed laughing," she said. "Jerry...