Eleanor Roosevelt

Life

  • Born on October 11, 1884
  • Finished her formal education at age 18.
  • Worked on improving the community even before her marriage. (Volunteer teacher for immigrant children.)
  • Married FDR, her fifth cousin once removed, in 1905.
  • Volunteered with the American Red Cross and in Navy hospitals during World War I.
  • Early champion of civil rights for African Americans.
  • An advocate for women.
  • She remained married to FDR after his affair.

Legacy

  • Transformed the role of the First Lady into an active participant in her husband's administration.
  • Redefined what it meant to be a woman in the upper class.
  • Expanded the role of women in society.

Accomplishments

  • Served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
  • Universal Human Declaration of Rights: how people and nations should treat each other.
  • Worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  • Wrote 27 books and over 8,000 columns.
"Do one thing every day that scares you."