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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 8 Thf Cedar Rapids Credit Bill To Affect Women By Peggy Simpson WASHINGTON (AP) -Wage-earning wives who now can get credit cards only in their husbands' names could have the cards issued in their own names under legislation nearing congressional passage. That’s just one item in the bill designed to eliminate barriers blocking minorities, single women and married women from getting charge cards, bank loans and personal credit. Among the bill’s effects would be an end to the practice by department stores and national charge card companies of opening accounts for married women only in their husbands’ names, even when the wife is the chief breadwinner. Wife's Income The bill also would prohibit banks from refusing to count a wife's income when a married couple applies for a loan, on the assumption she inevitably will become pregnant and quit her job. And, a new divorcee could not be saddled with a bad credit rating because her exhusband had a poor reputation for paying bills. These provisions and others were approved Thursday by senate and house conferees as an amendment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. bill. The amendment outlaws credit discrimination based on sex, marital status or race. Strang Message '‘Once this bill is publicized. it will end credit discrimination," said Casey Hughes, the legislative director for the National Organization for Women. "This is a strong message to credit companies and they will start changing their policies." Rep. Margaret M. Heckler (R-Mass), a sponsor of the equal credit legislation, said the issue was one of the key ones relating to women still before congress. "Women today comprise 40 percent of America's labor force and the wife is the breadwinner in IO percent of all families," he said. "Nevertheless traditional credit practices in this country fly in the face of these economic realities. " The bill would take effect one year after being enacted. Creditworthiness would be the only yardstick required for decisions on credit, blocking automatic denial of credit to single women, divorcees or minorities as a class. Single women have had a harder time getting credit than single men, for instance, despite indications that they pay their debts more consistently. Creditors can't fall into this pattern if the new law takes effect. As it concerns newly divorced women required to reapply for credit accounts, the bill says that stores and banks would be able to take a former husband’s credit rating and salary into account only if they are important to the bill-paying ability of the divorcee. This provision could be a factor for women whose total income would come from alimony or child support. KITCHEN SHOWER FETES DIANE VAN FOSSEN Miss Diane Van Fossen was feted at a kitchen bridal shower Thursday evening at 7 at the home of Miss Marypat Green, 3824 Wenig road NE. Twenty guests shared the courtesy. Miss Van Fossen, daughter of the Loren Van Fossens of 2540 Falcon drive NE, and Brian Willia of Norfolk, Va., will be married Oct. 12. He is the son of Mrs. Colleen Willia, HOI Bowler street, Hiawatha, and Neil Willia of Des Moines. Betty Ford's Sister-in-Law Talks of Her Determination President Ford holds hands with the First Lady while visiting her at Bethesda Naval hospital Wednesday. The President said Betty is doing “very, very well” and she is “two or three days ahead” of what doctors predicted would be her rate of recovery from mastectomy surgery performed Saturday. Cancer was found in her right breast. Society for Women    Features By Helm Thomas WASHINGTON (UPI) - Betty Ford, the President’s wife, is recovering from her breast cancer surgery with faith and determination "to carry on for her husband, her children and the country," her sister-in-law said Friday. Janet Ford was the matron of honor when Betty Bloomer married Gerald Ford in 1948. She still is close to her sister-in-law and she still calls the President of the United States "Jerry." The wife of Ford’s brother, Tom, she flew to Washington from Grand Rapids last weekend to help the family with its ordeal. "Pm here so that when he (the President) walks through, there is someone who can wave to him and say hi," she said. In an interview in the family quarters of the White House, Janet Ford talked freely and gave a number of insights into the down-to-earth Midwestern family that lives in the White House. Great Dedication "I admire Betty," she said. "It’s a combination of faith, determination, a necessity to carry on for Jerry, the children and the country. She has a great dedication to the country. "Betty is not one to look back. She is not a negative thinker. She is always optimistic and takes each day as it comes." Blonde and beautifully groomed, Janet Ford speaks with an open, natural Midwestern manner. "Jerry’s just like any other husband who is in love with his wife," she said. "You always hate to see anyone put in that position when you love them. Jerry in his way has been very close considering the little time he has been with his family." She said that she has not asked the First Lady whether she would want the President to run for a full term in 1976 in view of her cancer operation. "It doesn’t pertain to what’s going on right now,” said Janet. "It seems remote. I don’t think anyone has given it any thought. "Honey," Janet Ford told her sister-in-law, "you have no idea how many lives you’ve saved. The women are beating the bushings to get to their doctors for breast examinations.” The First Lady was reported to be recovering rapidly at the National Naval medical center in nearby Bethesda, Md. Janet Ford said there is no sign that her sister-in-law was depressed about her surgery. Skipped Visit For the first time Thursday, the President skipped a hospital visit and made two telephone calls instead because of his heavy schedule and a dinner he gave honoring retiring members of congress. "She’s doing beautifully," Ford said happily. Each medical bulletin has emphasized that the First Lady’s attitude and spirit are "excellent” and there have been no complications following surgery. Susan Ford, 17, visited her mother at the hospital Thursday. The First Lady was so delighted to see her daughter, she sat on Susan’s lap. Susan hugged her mother with both arms. Susan also coaxed her mother into demonstrating how she could raise her hand over her head. She now has full mobility in her right arm, where some of her lymph glands were removed under her armpit during surgery. An estimated 4,500 letters, cards and wires poured in as of today from well-wishers, most of them women who have had similar operations and seek to reassure the First Lady she can live a normal, happy life. Mrs. John J. Rhodes, wife of the house Republican leader, has organized a team of congressional wives to help answer the mail. The President, she said, brought his wife a resolution adopted by the senate expressing wishes for her speedy recovery. Each member had signed it personally, and there were three X-marks beside the name of Sen. Barry Coldwater (R-Ariz.). Betty Ford was amused. Illinois Lottery Winner Is Shaky CHICAGO (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker, on hand for the awarding of the first million-dollar prize in the Illinois lottery, ended up helping the shaken winner from the stage. Mrs. Irene Hailey of Franklin Park became an "instant millionaire” in the Illinois’ weekly lottery which started Aug. 8. She will receive a 150,000 check from the state each year for the next 20 years. The white-haired Mrs. Hailey, who refused to tell her age, walked rapidly but shakily to the stage when her name was called as the winner among the 158 persons eligible for the millionaire drawing. "I’m numb and I don’t believe it," she said, blinking in the glare of bright lights. "What else can I say? My knees are shaking." Her husband made a short speech before Walker took the arm of the trembling housewife and helped her off stage. Watergate Impact Mrs. Ehrlichman Remains Brave By Ann Blackman WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Watergate cover-up defendant John D. Ehrlichman says President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon was "tremendously compassionate,” but her husband did nothing wrong to warrant similar action. “If you take a pardon, you’re admitting there is something to be pardoned for," said Jeanne Ehrlichman. "We’re saying he didn’t do anything wrong.” In an hour-long interview Thursday at the hotel where she is staying, Mrs. Ehrlichman discussed the impact of the Watergate scandal on her family, her marriage and her private life. “You draw closer to God whenever you have anything that’s tough,” said Mrs. Ehrlichman, a Christian Scientist. "When other people are saying things that you know aren’t true, you have to sort out your own identity . . . you have to be very strong in what you know to be the truth, what you know your motives were. If you have that, you can live with yourself.” Mrs. Ehrlichman said one of the hardest times was a month before her husband resigned from the White House when headlines thrust him into the snowballing Watergate scandal. "Those days I was very unhappy," she said. "But honestly, you can only be unhappy just so long ... So I’m beginning to get very good at passing these things off." Family Impact Resigned His Post Bridge Wfsl SMC Oak Howell movement winners of the game played Thursday at Welty-Way were Bruce Culbertson and Bruce Tither, first, and Richard Go-lembiewski and Ronald Livingston, second. There will be no game Sunday due to the Dubuque sectional bridge tournament. Bab’s Clab Winners of the Mitchell movement played Wednesday at the YWCA were: North-south — Mrs. Vernon Hendryx and Mrs. Clarence Mainor, first, and Dr. J.J. Imoehl and Clayton Mossman, second; east-west — Mrs. Don Engel and Frank Zeman, first, and Ernie Cislaghi and Bruno Rinas, second. There will be no game Saturday due to the Dubuque sectional tournament. Ehrlichman, 49, once one of Richard M. Nixon’s closest White House aides, resigned his domestic affairs post in April, 1973, in the midst of the Watergate scandal. Last July, he was convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist and two counts of perjury. Until at least the end of this year, Ehrlichman will be defending himself against accusations that he and four other men tried to thwart investigations into the Watergate scandal. Throughout these long, agonizing months, Mrs. Ehrlichman has been almost a constant companion to her husband, appearing at his side in the courtrooms, consoling him in the privacy of their Seattle home, smiling bravely for photographers as the cover-up trial began. Even when a demonstrator spat at her husband Wednesday, Mrs. Ehrlichman kept her composure. Mrs. Ehrlichman said she and her husband of almost 25 years have been brought closer together by the Watergate scandal. It’s also had an impact on their five children, three boys and two girls ranging in age from 14 to 24. "We have felt our children have had an opportunity through this to learn at a very early age some very basic lessons. Sometimes people are well along in years before they understand what it’s like for someone to be accused, for someone to be maligned, to be ridiculed, to be criticized, to bi* .’’ She skimmed over the fact that she has taken a salaried job for three days a week as coordinator of family concerts for the Seattle Symphony, an organization for which she once did volunteer work. And the children worked last summer to pay for school expenses, she said. Sources familiar with Ehrlichman's legal defense fund said that only $50,000 has been raised, while Seattle attorney David J. Williams, the managing trustee of the fund, figures that $300,000 will be needed to pay for all criminal and civil suits and appeals. Ehrlichman, a lawyer, has been suspended from practicing law in Washington state. His wife insisted, however, that he doesn't mind changing professions. "He will do anything,” she said. "He’s very open about it . . . How often does a man get the opportunity to take stock and start again? He has a fine legal mind and many other abilities and should be able to make a real contribution wherever he is needed." rn Staler Citizen Basts Cedar Rapids System Telephone 383-8244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 398-5605 Elsewhere 800-332-5096 lev Hanson 366-2968 This good starter or retirement home hat low payments and it located in an excellent N.E. neighborhood. It hat 2 bedrooms, large roomt, and a nice yard. Priced at $14,950. 366-5363 w: ki rn AP Wirephoto Jeanne Ehrlichman, wife of Watergate coverup deferment John D. Ehrlichman, comments on the impact of the Watergate scandal on her family during an interview Thursday evening at her Washington hotel room. I SAY IT BEST WiTH For Mirth ria \s Anniversaries Any Special Orc as ion KREBS FLOWER SHOP 2424 I Hill Si. SW 3(3-2181 Gazette: Frl UPI Wirephoto ;

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