You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt was truly an inspirational figure in our history to all the women. This quote from her really reflects her life and achievements. She was the wife of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. F.D.R. suffered from paralysis and she was always there by his side during his presidency, giving him the strength, courage and the confidence to be the leader of the country. She was also known to be timid and shy, yet she had to be his voice and strength in front of the world and speak out on his behalf at times due to his condition. As the First Lady of the United States, she had to overcome her fears in order to make an impact and follow through with her dreams to make a difference.
During her years as the First Lady, it was an era that saw women without actual careers in the political realm. However, she was determined to change that as she continued her work and businesses. She was determined to change that for herself and take a different route. She was outspoken in her views and opinions regarding the African-American civil rights movement during the segregation. Eleanor was also involved in the feminist movement, working hard to enhance the working conditions for women across the country. All these were not a norm from women around the country at that time, but she accomplished what most thought was improbable.
Through her experiences she certainly gained more courage and with more courage she gained more strength to stand up for women around the world. I think what she is trying to say in the above quote is that you should never feel like you can’t do something. If you do then you should try to do just that and only then will you overcome your fear. That’s the only way you will gain the confidence to stand up for what you believe in. Nothing is stopping you from achieving your goal except your own fear.
Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884, in New York City. She passed away at the age of 78 on November 7, 1962. When she was 20 years of age, she got married to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who would later go on to become the President of the United States. Together they went on to have 5 children. Unfortunately, Franklin D. Roosevelt was struck with paralysis and lost the mobility of his legs. Eleanor served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. Eleanor, who was very shy and always behind the scenes, had to make public appearances on F.D.R.’s behalf in front of the world. I think that took some guts!
During her years as the First Lady of the United States, Eleanor supported the New Deal policies of her husband. In an era where women didn’t have much power or careers in the political world, she strived to spread her word and continue her work, which she had begun prior to becoming the First Lady. She had learned from watching her Aunt, Edith Roosevelt, who was the First Lady during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Her aunt faced strict rules and regulations. Eleanor wanted things to be different for her. She was the first female to hold weekly press conferences and she also started to write for a newspaper column. During F.D.R.’s presidency, she was very vocal in her support for the African-American civil rights movement. In 1940s, she was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and she also supported the assembly of the United Nations.
After the death of her husband in 1945, Eleanor continued to strive as an author, speaker, politician, and activist. She was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 and 1952. During her time in the UN, her committee approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. President Truman coined her with the title, the “First Lady of the World” for her achievements. She stayed active in politics for the remainder of her life, and is a true GirlMogul we can look up to today.