Eleanor Roosevelt

A strong woman that made a change

Maryam Khan

Who is Eleanor Roosevelt?

In the article "Eleanor Roosevelt Biography" and "Anna Eleanor Roosevelt", it states that, Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11th 1884 in New York. She was always a shy and lonely kid. She never really had any friends. She was known as the "Ugly Duckling" and "Granny" by her mom and the kids at school. Both of her parents died by the time she was 10. But, Eleanor was strong and tried to make herself to the best of her abilities. She didn't let anyone get in her way and tried her best to help others. She was a 1st lady that was kind and very caring. She helped our country and others in need. Eleanor Roosevelt is a role model.

What Problems did she face?

Eleanor also faced the problem of having self-doubt. Others also had doubted her when she was invited to the United Nations. The societal problem was Discrimination since people doubted her based on her looks and by saying she was female. No one thought that Eleanor would be a big help in the United Nations, since she was a girl and unexperienced.

Eleanor becomes the bigger person

Eleanor impressed the people she worked with by showing how she worked. It states in "Eleanor Roosevelt up Close" that she also let out her feeling by writing the Declaration of Human Rights. She also proved herself by helping others as much as she could. She did things such as working for the Red Cross, she gave press conferences and spoke out for human rights, children's causes and women's issues, and she worked on behalf of the League of Women Voters. She proved all of those people wrong by showing them her work skills.

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Discrimination issues

Discrimination is still a problem today according to "Do men really earn more than women?" There is still gender discrimination. For example one of the discrimination problems is that men get paid more than women. This is a problem because it is unfair and could lead to financial issues. Men get paid 5% more than women do. This is unfair since men and women do the same amount of work. It can cause low self-esteem, Violence, tension between ethnic groups or cultures, Tension in religions and depression. These are all problems caused in the world today. This is also a problem in the world today because some people’s bosses value men more than women. They believe that the men in the office do more work than the women. This is discrimination today since the bosses didn't even see the women work but, they believe that they don't do as much as women. This is unfair and women and men in some lines of job don't get paid the same.

We need to fight for what's right!

A solution that is linked to Eleanor Roosevelt solution is to prove yourself. Once Eleanor Roosevelt joined the United Nations, people thought that Eleanor wouldn’t be able to catch up and do the things that the others workers did. This is discrimination. She proved them wrong because when the other workers saw Eleanor work; the others changed their perspective on her. They judged her just because she was a girl. When she worked just as hard as others, people saw there was more to her than they thought. A problem we have today that has to do with discrimination is economic problems. It is a fact that males get paid more than females even though the same work is done from both genders. We can learn from Eleanor that women can get the same amount of money if women try to show who’s giving them the money, how good they work. We have to be able to prove that we are just as good so that the others person turns over a new leaf and gives women the respect and money that they deserve. We just have to try to prove ourselves and women will get the respect they want from their bosses.


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