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 your self, I’ve lived through this horror I can take the next thing that comes along. “You must do the thing that comes along you must do the thing you can not do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

  I chose Eleanor Roosevelt because she was a very important person in getting women’s rights and also because I heard she was basically the president while her husband was sick so I wanted to know if that was true.

Facts in Brief

Birth October 11, 1884

Death November 7, 1962

Parents Elliott and Anna Roosevelt

Education back ground Eleanor attended Allenswood School in England. until she was fifteen, then she attended Mademoiselle Souvestre’s finishing school in South Fields, England, untel she was eighteen.

Awards and honors Eleanor was elected to the United Nations. She was the chairperson Commission on Human Rights. Eleanor drafted the International Bill of Rights.

 Eleanor Roosevelt was born to an economically comfortable but troubled family. In 1892 Elliott Roosevelt, Roosevelt's father, was sent to a mental hospital. When Roosevelt was eight her mother, Anna Hall Roosevelt, died of diphtheria, Forcing Eleanorto live with her Grandma in New York.
She then married Franklin Delano Roosevelt in March of 1905. This marriage was not easy for Eleanor. Franklin’s mother was very controlling over Roosevelt making her feel insecure.

 Over a ten year period Roosevelt gave birth to six children (one died at infancy). In 1921 Roosevelt’s husband was stricken with Polio leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Roosevelt was determined to keep her husband politically active so she became his “legs” . In 1932 he was elect president, that gave Roosevelt a chance to tell every one her options. Soon after Roosevelt, was holding weekly press conferences, speaking only to women mainly on women’s issues. In 1935 she started writing a column called“My Day”, which appeared in National newspapers. When World War II began Roosevelt was mainly concerned with the welfare of American soldiers.

 Roosevelt’s husband died on April 12, 1945 but she continued to be a leading spokesperson on womens rights. Roosevelt was elected to the United Nations.in London that same year. She was also elected chairperson for the Commission on Human Rights which wrote the International Bill of Rights, but later that year resigned.


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