The Nation: Three Women on The Firing Line

BETTY FORD: Balm for the Ego

It was particularly cruel that Betty Ford, 56, was struck by serious illness just when she was beginning to love political life for the first time in all her years in Washington. Last week she returned elated from a campaign trip to Chicago, where some 600 Republican women cheered her. "This does a lot for the ego," she beamed. "It gives me an independence after years of just coping. It's more fun being here."

Not that she had ever counted on moving into the White House; it was not...

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