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Slideshow | Rosalynn Carter Celebrates 90th Birthday

Join us in celebrating former First Lady Rosalynn Carter's 90th birthday this August 18 as we thank her for all she has done to make the world a better place.

  • Happy birthday, Mrs. Carter! Thank you for a lifetime of service that has made a difference in the lives of so many. (Photo: The Carter Center)

  • An outspoken advocate for equal rights for women, Rosalynn Carter fiercely supported the Equal Rights Amendment. Here she addresses the National Women’s Conference on November 19, 1977. (Photo: Jimmy Carter Library)

  • During more than four decades of public service, Rosalynn Carter has been a driving force for mental health. As active honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health, she presented President Carter with the commission’s recommendations for sweeping reforms to mental health policy and programs on April 27, 1978. The report led to the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980. (Photo: Jimmy Carter Library)

  • After the White House, Rosalynn Carter established the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center to fight the stigma against mental illness and improve mental health care. Mrs. Carter joined Betty Ford to testify in the U.S. Senate and speak at the National Press Club on March 7, 1994, calling for comprehensive mental health and substance use insurance benefits. (Photo: The Carter Center)

  • Continuing the fight for mental health care, on July 10, 2007, Rosalynn Carter testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee in favor of the Wellstone Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, calling for mental illnesses to be covered by insurance on par with physical illnesses. (Photo: The Carter Center)

  • Rosalynn Carter raised tens of millions of dollars to ease the plight of refugees. Here she holds a child at a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand on November 9, 1979. (Photo: Jimmy Carter Library)

  • Dedicated to issues affecting women and children, Rosalynn Carter co-founded Every Child By Two after leaving the White House and traveled nationwide to see that every child received immunizations by age two. This photo was taken in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993. (Photo: The Carter Center)

  • In the last 35 years, Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter have observed dozens of elections, helping to advance democracy worldwide. Here they prepare for poll closing procedures during elections in Monrovia, Liberia, on October 11, 2005. (Photo: The Carter Center)

  • The plight of the unsung heroines and heroes who are family and professional caregivers has been another important cause for Rosalynn Carter. To provide support and resources to caregivers, the Institute for Caregivers at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, was established. (Photo: Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers)

  • In recognition of her tireless fight for mental health and unwavering dedication to improving the lives of others, Rosalynn Carter was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001, becoming only the third first lady ever inducted, joining Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt. (Photo: National Women’s Hall of Fame)

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