Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate advocate for mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away peacefully at her home in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the age of 96. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Carter was a devoted wife to former President Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, for 77 years. She was a true partner to him throughout his presidency and beyond, providing unwavering support and sage advice.
During her time as First Lady, Mrs. Carter broke down barriers and redefined the role of the First Lady. She actively participated in her husband’s administration, advocating for mental health awareness, championing human rights, and promoting peace initiatives. Her dedication to public service continued throughout her life, as she and President Carter co-founded the Carter Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to global conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, and human health.
Mrs. Carter was a pioneer in addressing mental health issues, openly sharing her own struggles with depression and advocating for more open dialogue about mental illness. She also championed the rights of caregivers, recognizing the importance of their role in supporting loved ones with chronic illnesses or disabilities.
Her commitment to women’s rights was unwavering, as she fought for equal opportunities and fair treatment for women throughout her life. She was a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and advocated for women’s leadership in all aspects of society.
Rosalynn Carter was a woman of remarkable strength, compassion, and intelligence. She was a trailblazer for women’s equality, a champion for the underserved, and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
She is survived by her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, her four children, John, Chip, Donnel, and Amy, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.