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:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/eleanor-biography

http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=33

http://www.biography.com/people/eleanor-roosevelt-9463366

 

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. Take a look at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com. Coming out in August 2020 is Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists.

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