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    Daily Sundial, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus newspaper, ran this image captioned: "March for Equality - Members of CSUN's Women's Center joined in a massive march and rally last week calling for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. A delegation from CSUN's Young Republicans also took part in the activities, which included a 10-kilometer walk and speeches by Betty Ford and Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr." Department of Journalism Records.

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Betty Ford not only founded the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse patients, but was a champion of women's rights, and was a staunch supporter of the proposed Equal Rights Act, passing Roe V. Wade, and of sharing her own struggles with addiction and breast cancer. She used her position as First Lady to show other women that breast cancer was nothing to be ashamed of, and after she discussed her diagnosis, the reported cases of breast cancer skyrocketed. She was a powerful force for good.

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