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When it was originally enacted in 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibited discrimination in credit transactions because of gender or marital status.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
On this day, March 20, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson calls for federal and state troops to protect civil rights marchers led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The decision came two weeks after the “Bloody Sunday” attacks on demonstrators by police in Montgomery, Alabama.
LBJ signed a proclamation and executive order to provide federal assistance in the state of Alabama that would provide monetary funds for the Alabama National Guard and the U.S. Army to protect the demonstrators who would be marching from Selma to Montgomery.
This entry from the President’s Daily Dairy outlines the historic day.
On April 8-10, 2014, the LBJ Presidential Library will host a Civil Rights Summit to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter will all deliver remarks. Learn more
-from the LBJ Library
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.
Jeanne Holm, Special Assistant for Women’s Affairs
President Ford appointed Jeanne Holm, Major General USAF (Retired), as Special Assistant to the President for Women on March 8, 1976. She succeeded Patricia S. Lindh, who had resigned to become Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
Jeanne Holm enlisted in the armed services during World War II and later became the first woman to attend the Air Command and Staff College. She went on attain the rank of Major General in the Air Force, and at the time of her retirement in June 1975 had the distinction of being the highest ranking woman ever to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
As Special Assistant, Holm served as a liaison with women’s organizations and provided the President and White House staff members with advice on legislation, regulations, and executive orders. Her office also developed programs supporting women’s civil rights and encouraged recruitment of women for top-level government positions.
Off the Record with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
In 1975 the reporting duo from The Washington Post were working on a follow up to their book “All the President’s Men.” They had contacted President Ford about doing an off the record interview with them after he took office, but he declined their request.
Woodward and Bernstein arranged to meet with Press Secretary Ron Nessen at the White House in March 1975 to give him a progress report on their research. In preparation for their visit Nessen sent the President this decision memo to review his options. Although President Ford agreed to speak to them off the record for 30 minutes, the meeting didn’t take place.
-from the Ford Library