Behind every strong man is an even stronger women. Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905. She always stood by his side through thick and thin. In 1921 Franklin Roosevelt suffered from a polio attack, so Eleanor stepped forward and helped further Franklin's political career. When she enabled her husband to become president in 1933, she changed the role of the first lady. She was not going to stand back, she had a message and she was going voice it. She handled many domestic matters. She gave press conferences and spoke out for human rights, children's causes and women's issues, working on behalf of the League of Women Voters. She wanted equal rights for everyone. After the passing of her husband she continued her work as an activist. From 1945 to 1953, Eleanor served as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She also became chair of the UN's Human Rights Commission. As a member of the Human Rights Commission, she helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—an effort that she considered to be her greatest achievement.
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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story
“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
_Eleanor Roosevelt, Universal Declaration of Human Rights