Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady, Author, Humanitarian

Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady, Author, Humanitarian

Women and Adversity: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

First Lady, Author, Humanitarian

Eleanor Roosevelt, christened Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, is the longest serving First Lady (1933-1945) and one of the most respected. Her life was filled with adversity:

  • Her beautiful mother was disappointed that Eleanor was unattractive and serious and nicknamed her “granny.”
  • Her father loved her unconditionally, but he was an alcoholic and was away from the family a good deal.
  • Her mother died when Eleanor was 8 and her father died when Eleanor was 10.
  • When she married Franklin D. Roosevelt, a distant cousin, her mother-in-law interfered relentlessly in their lives.
  • Her husband was unfaithful.

Eleanor overcame adversity throughout her life and:

  • Wrote 27 books
  • Wrote a syndicated newspaper column from 1935-1962
  • Organized women-only press conferences at the White House
  • Was a delegate to the United Nations and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Never used a ghostwriter

Dozens of books about Eleanor Roosevelt are on the market, but articles provide basic information:





Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published an ebook, Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women, in February 2020 and Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers in May 2020. Now available is Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment giving the women the right to vote. Take a look at them at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com.

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