Eleanor Roosevelt definitely was a woman of character, courage & commitment! She believed in the beauty of her dreams. Yes, she was born into a well-to-do family, but life was not easy. Her mother died when she was eight and her father when was ten. Such a sad thing for a child. Yet, she was educated and inspired by many in both America and England.
- She married Franklin Deleano Roosevelt (her fifth cousin once removed) and became First Lady and forever a world leader.
- She had six children.
- After she was banned from Presidential Press Conferences in 1933 she started her own press conferences. ONLY women reporters were allowed to attend. Quite feisty in the 1930s!
- She was the longest serving First Lady.
She continued public service after her husband’s death, serving as:
- Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly;
- Chair of the UN’s Human Rights Commission; and
- Authored the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights — she called this her greatest achievement.
All of these achievements in a time when women were not expected and often not welcomed to share their gifts of leadership.
During this celebration of character, courage & commitment – I celebrate the authentic leadership style of Eleanor Roosevelt!
Thank you! What a woman!