November 20, 2023Bhagyasree Sengupta

Rosalynn Carter: Remembering the former US First Lady and a 'co-president'

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter passed away days after entering hospice care with her husband Jimmy Carter. The 96-year-old ex-First Lady was suffering from dementia.

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Born in Plains, Georgia in 1927, Rosalynn served as the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981 after her husband won an intense presidential election.

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Fondly referred to as 'co-president' by the Carter administration, Rosalynn was very vocal about serious issues and attended several cabinet meetings.

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During her tenure as the First Lady Rosalynn paid a visit to India in 1978, where she went to several schools in New Delhi. Rosalynn was known for her philanthropy and humanitarian efforts.

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Unlike her predecessors, Rosalynn was known for her activism. She was one of the first American First Lady who publicly raised awareness about mental health.

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Following her death, the White House released a statement and called her a "champion of equal rights". After Carter's presidency, she co-founded the Carter Center which focused on humanitarian work.

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In 2023, the Carters celebrated their 77th Wedding anniversary. Throughout her husband’s political career, she chose mental health and the problems of the elderly as her signature policy emphasis.

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