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Eleanor Roosevelt

1884 - 1962

By: Michelle Lee | Date Added:

With parents Elliott Roosevelt and Anna Hall Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 in the city of New York. Although she is widely known as the wife of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor has had an exceptional amount of noteworthy achievements to her name other than the First Lady. During her husband’s presidency, Roosevelt had worked towards strengthening the role of women in politics such as by campaigning to hire women for executive level appointments and encouraging women to vote. Her advocacy not only applied towards women, but also towards people of color. She exhibited clear opposition towards segregation laws and prompted her to focus a majority of her life on global peace and equality. The U.N Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by Roosevelt herself, listed and protected fundamental human rights for all people and all nations. With her great achievements in hopes to achieve equality for all, Roosevelt leaves a legacy as “one of the most ambitious and outspoken women to ever live in the White House.” Reference: Biography.com Editors, Biography.

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