Amazing Americans: Eleanor Roosevelt

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Amazing Americans: Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt1884-1962Diplomat, U.S. First LadyThe wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of the first lady through her active participation in American politics. She is regarded as a leader of human rights, as well as one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through mass media.

December 7, 1941 – While her husbandaddressed Congress, Eleanor addressedthe nation hours after the attack onPearl Harbor.

Eleanor advocated for human rights throughout her life. In 1946 she was elected as head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and began to draft the Declaration of Human Rights. Click on the picture above to view her speech at the United Nations and click on the picture below to learn more about the Declaration of Human Rights.

Eleanor wrote a newspaper column, entitled “My Day”, six days of the week from 1935-1962. In it she addressed issues such as race, women, and key events. In essence, she was one of the first bloggers. Click on the picture above to read more.

May 22, 1940 Eleanor appeals to the people on behalf of the Red Cross"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. …. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor and Tuskegee pilot instructor Charles AndersonEleanor was a strong civil rights activist and felt that "justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both." Click on the picture to learn more about her role in the civil rights movement.

“I am not a gifted person…I had only three assets: I was keenly interested, I accepted every challenge and every opportunity to learn more, and I had great energy and discipline.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

FDR's Third TermDuring the 1940 Democratic Convention, Eleanor made a historic speech, using only the above page of notes, calling for unified action. Click the pic to read the speech.

Accomplishments1903 – Joins the Consumers’ League1920 - Joins the League of Women Voters.1922 - Joins the Women’s Division of the Democratic State Committee.1928 - Appointed director of Bureau of Women's Activities1933 - Becomes the first wife of a president to hold all-female press conferences1934 - Helps form the National Youth Administration. 1939 - Defies segregation laws at the Southern Conference for Human Welfare. 1940 - Delivers the “No Ordinary Day” Speech1943 - Tours the South Pacific to boost the soldiers' morale.1945 - Joins the NAACP board of directors.1946 - Heads the United Nations Human Rights Commission.1948 - Speaks on "The Struggles for the Rights of Man" at the United Nations1957 - Visits the Soviet Union as a representative of the New York PostClick on 'Accomplishments' above to read more.

Click on the picture to learn more about Eleanor's involvement with the women's movement.


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