We have had a lot of incredible First Lady’s over the years, but Eleanor Roosevelt is by far my favorite. It could be because she was the First Lady the longest, but more likely it is because she was a great leader, activist, politician and diplomat.
Before even entering the White House, Roosevelt was an inspiration for other women as she worked for the Red Cross during World War I.
To this day, she is one of the most outspoken women to live in the White House. Eleanor completely transformed the role of the First Lady. It went from a very domestic role, keeping the house, to an active role, holding press conferences, advocating for women’s rights and the rights of children. She even wrote a newspaper column. All of this while raising her five children, unfortunately the sixth died as an infant, along with her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
After her husband’s four terms in office, Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t stop serving her country or the great people of our world. She served as the United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly for seven year. A few years later, she was appointed to the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps and to the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.
She was even called the “First Lady of the World” by President Harry Truman.
Roosevelt advocated for equal rights for all, including women, minorities, and children. She didn’t let her haters get her down or stop her from fighting for what she believed in. I believe that our world would be completely different if it wasn’t for this amazing woman, and I am so glad that I don’t have to worry about what it would be like without her.
In addition to all of the great things she did for our world, she also left us with a ton of quotes that I absolutely love. A couple of my favorites are…
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
“The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyways.”
Stay tuned for more great women from throughout history for the rest of the month!