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’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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