Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter (August 18, 1927 – November 19, 2023) was an American writer and activist who served as the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981, as the wife of President Jimmy Carter. She was a strong advocate for mental health awareness, human rights, and peace. She is also the founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.
Here are some Facts about Rosalynn Carter:
- Born: August 18, 1927, in Plains, Georgia
- Died: November 19, 2023, in Plains, Georgia
- Married: Jimmy Carter on July 7, 1946
- Children: John William “Jack” Carter III, James Earl “Chip” Carter III, Donnel Anne Carter Simpson, and Amy Lynn Carter
- Education: Georgia Southwestern College
- Occupation: Writer, activist
- Awards and Honors: Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee (2001)
- In December 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution that recognized Rosalynn’s 50 years of mental health advocacy.
- Her first book, “First Lady From Plains,” was published in 1984.
- Served as the honorary chairperson of the President’s Commission on Mental Health from 1977 to 1978
- Founded the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving in 1987
- Traveled extensively and spoke out on issues such as mental health, human rights, and peace
- Co-founded the Carter Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to human rights and conflict resolution
Rosalynn Carter was a remarkable woman who made a significant impact on the world. She was a champion for the voiceless and a tireless advocate for human dignity. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.