Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976
President Ford signed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976 into law on March 23, 1976.
When it was originally enacted in 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibited discrimination in credit transactions because of gender or marital status. These amendments broadened the scope to bar creditor discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or age.
“This Administration is committed to the goal of equal opportunity in all aspects of our society,” President Ford said in his signing statement. “In financial transactions, no person should be denied an equal opportunity to obtain credit for reasons unrelated to his or her creditworthiness.”
Memo from the White House Records Office: Legislation Case Files, 3/19/76 HR6516, Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve made it through all of the state dinners hosted by President and Mrs. Ford. We hoped you’ve enjoyed going behind the scenes at these White House events.
Although we’re saying goodbye to our state dinner focus, don’t worry! We’ll be back soon with even more great items from our collections.
President and Mrs. Ford wave goodbye to Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti as he departs the White House following a state dinner held in his honor on December 6, 1976.
Reviews of a Revue
The Fords invited actress-singer-dancer Ann-Margret to entertain guests after the dinner honoring the Shahanshah and Empress of Iran. Known for her work in musicals and movies including Bye Bye Birdie and Tommy, she had also traveled to Southeast Asia on a USO tour to entertain troops stationed there.
Ann-Margret’s debut White House performance was based on her night club act. Her musical numbers included “I Won’t Last a Day Without You,” “Swedish Lullaby,” and a “Salute to the Bicentennial.”
Press reaction to the entertainment was mixed to negative. The Fords took it in stride. “We certainly didn’t please all of the people all of the time. We thought it was great, for instance, to ask Ann-Margret,” Betty Ford wrote in her memoirs. “Well, Betty Beale came out with a column in the Washington Star that ripped us up and down for having made that choice.” Other commentators called the Vegas-style revue tasteless and deemed it too low-brow for the White House and its royal guests.
Harvey Rosenthal makes a final adjustment to President Ford’s tie at the end of a fitting at the White House on October 30, 1974.
Rosenthal began fitting clothes for Ford in the late 1960s. “We’ve been trying to change his image,” he stated in an interview in August 1975, noting that both he and Betty Ford had been urging the President to “go conservative” with his style.
His efforts to update President Ford’s wardrobe included substituting plaid suits and splashy ties with more subdued items. “It has to be plain blue, plain gray, brown. I try to make him look like a president,” Rosenthal said.
-from the Ford Library
A Fashion Friday salute to one of the staples of 1970s menswear — the leisure suit.
President Ford wore this one to a surprise drop-by at a spaghetti dinner for reporters and staff who traveled aboard Air Force 2 with him when he was Vice President, hosted by New York Times correspondent Marjorie Hunter, on October 18, 1975.
-From the Ford Library
Congressional Golf, Seventies Style
President Gerald Ford and Representatives Les Arends, Tip O’Neill, and John Rhodes show their individual styles on the Andrews Air Force Base golf course during the third annual Congressional Golf Tournament. September 16, 1974.
President Ford signs the Final Act
In the summer of 1975, Gerald Ford traveled to Helsinki, Finland to join the leaders of 30 other nations to sign the Helsinki Accords. The accords, or “Final Act,” was the result of two years of negotiations.
While U.S. participation was heavily criticized at home from both the left and the right, Ford believed it was his most significant foreign policy achievement. The agreements reached at Helsinki are widely credited as the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union and their reach into Eastern Europe.
Photo: President Ford and Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev raise their glasses in a toast after the Signing of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Accords) . Also present are Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko (left), possibly Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin (far left), and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (right). 8/1/75.
Diana Vreeland was born on this day, July 29, 1906.
Vreeland, was a prominent fashion journalist and the developer of the show. The show featured the clothing and accessories of ten women noted for their individuality and the impact they had on American style. Those profiled included dancer Isadora Duncan, artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and entertainer Josephine Baker. Sculptures, paintings, and photographs supplemented the garments on display.
After the tour Mrs. Ford greeted the Museum and Costume Institute staff who created the exhibit and built the displays.
"…affirming the right of girls to play Little League baseball."
Located in President Gerald R. Ford’s legislation case files is a recommendation to approve the bill H.R. 8864 and amend the Federal charter of Little League Baseball, allowing girls to play.