For this week’s women of inspiration, I wanted to pay tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor was first lady to President Franklin D Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945 and holding office for 12 years, she is the longest running first lady to date. Eleanor was known to be the most outspoken and influential first ladies of all time by progressing issues about women, children, discrimination and human rights. During her run as first lady she gave press conferences, wrote a weekly newspaper column called “My Day” and traveled abroad to visit the U.S troops.
It wasn’t until I started reading up on Eleanor that I realized how astonishing her entire career in public service was. She really spent her entire life dedicated to political and social change. From 1945 to 1953, Eleanor served as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and became chair of the UN’s Human Rights Commission where she helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Here’s a clip of her address to the UN General Assembly on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962, at the age of 78. In 1996, an Eleanor Roosevelt Monument erected in New York’s Riverside Park. It stands as the only monument to honour an American president’s wife.