WASHINGTON — The League of Women Voters of the United States issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter:
“Rosalynn Carter was the consummate public servant who dedicated much of her life to enhancing the well-being of people all around the world. As the First Lady from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn Carter was influential in her bold approach to her work, which she described as building a “more caring society.”
“An advocate for human rights, democracy, and mental health, Rosalynn Carter served as the honorary chairperson of the President’s Commission on Mental Health and later vice chair of the Carter Center, promoting peace and human rights worldwide. A defender of women’s rights and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Carter engaged with the League of Women Voters on several occasions, and in 1988, while celebrating the bicentennial of the US Constitution, Carter convened a “Women and the Constitution” conference, highlighting the document’s omission of women.
“The League of Women Voters offers our deepest condolences to the Carter family, and we are forever grateful for Rosalynn Carter’s dedication to public service. Let us pay tribute to her memory, and may each of us aspire to leave a lasting legacy."