Eleanor Roosevelt

Role Model

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Wife of 32nd United States President FDR. She was extremely supportive of her husband's career and her children. What was once a loving relationship ended up being more of a political partnership after it was discovered that FDR was having an affair with his secretary. Eleanor joined organizations that she felt she could make a differenc in such as the Women’s City Club, the National Consumers League, the Women’s Division of the Democratic State Committee, and the New York chapters of the League of Women Voters and the Women’s Trade Union League.

Redefines the Role of First Lady

Eleanor took a very active role in her community, she became politically independent and did not rely on her husbands power. Eleanor became her own political leader, who was very personable and caring. She greeted guests at the White House herself, refused Secret Service protection, and converted the Lincoln bedroom into her study. She actively supported anti-lynching and supported the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She conducted a concert for African American singer Marion Anderson when the DAR would not allow her to perform at their event. She even reached out to European refugees after WW2 and tried help as many individuals as possible

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”