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.
Posted by GirlMogul Rose