Originally a peanut farmer in Georgia who served two terms as State Senator and one as Georgia’s Governor, President Jimmy Carter was elected as the 39th President of the United States in 1976. During his term in office, President Carter established two new cabinet-level departments—the Departments of Energy and of Education. In foreign affairs, President Carter achieved the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal treaties, the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, and the return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama. In 1982, President Carter established The Carter Center as a powerful base for advancing human rights, and has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. President Carter has long been a passionate defender of the human rights of girls and women.
“The abuse of women around the world is the worst unaddressed issue that the world faces today. Even in the United States, human slavery now is greater than it ever was during the 18th or 19th centuries. In Atlanta, Georgia, we have between 200–300 girls sold into sexual slavery every month.”