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Rosalynn Carter

Staff Pick

It’s hard to stand in the shadow of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president. But ROSALYNN CARTER has been a leader in her own right since her days as first lady of Georgia. Rarely has she been fully credited for her work, particularly in the mental health field. Rosalynn co-founded the Carter Center and launched its mental health programs, which she still directs at age 74. She lobbies Congress for more mental health funding each year, and isn’t afraid to scold lawmakers for cutting funds for social programs.

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