Eleanor Roosevelt was a one-of-a-kind woman. This world has never seen another woman more dedicated to her country. Eleanor’s age group witnessed the stock market crash of 1929. They saw the soup kitchens springing up on the streets of cities all over the United States. Hungry people lined up for hours to get something to eat. Freight Trains everywhere with men hanging out of box cars, or even riding on top, as depicted in the book, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” People all looking for work, food or a place to rest and start life over.
The collapse of the stock market in 1929 was soon followed by the most severe drought the country had ever been through. People from all over the farming states gathered up what little they had and migrated toward the West Coast hoping to discover jobs or a better life. Her husband President Franklin D Roosevelt persuaded Congress to create a Social Security System in 1935, to save the country from a calamity. The first regular benefits started in 1940. The country was about to become involved full time in World War Two, fighting the enemy all over the World. The War effort tested, then brought the country together. There was no time for partisan political BS in those days. The politicians even worked together to strengthen the Nation.
“Eleanor learned of her husband’s affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918. After that she resolved to seek fulfillment in a public life of her own. She persuaded Franklin to stay in politics after he was stricken with debilitating polio in 1921.Eleanor and Franklin had six children:
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (May 3, 1906 – December 1, 1975)
James Roosevelt II (December 23, 1907 – August 13, 1991)
Franklin Roosevelt (March 18, 1909 – November 1, 1909)
Elliott Roosevelt (September 23, 1910 – October 27, 1990)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (August 17, 1914 – August 17, 1988)
John Aspinwall Roosevelt II (March 13, 1916 – April 27, 1981)
Despite becoming pregnant and giving birth six times, Eleanor disliked sex. She once told her daughter Anna that it was an “ordeal to be borne”. She also considered herself ill-suited to motherhood, later writing, “It did not come naturally to me to understand little children or to enjoy them.”
“Anna Eleanor Roosevelt October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962 was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of United’s takes, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945. Her husband Pres. Franklin D Roosevelt’s four terms in office, and served as United States delegate to United Nations Gen. assembly from 1945 to 1952. Pres. Harry S Truman later called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements. Elanor was a member of the prominent American Roosevelt and Livingston families and a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt. She had an unhappy childhood, suffering the deaths of both parents and one of her brothers at a young age. At 15, she attended Allenwood Academy in London and was deeply influenced by its feminist headmistress Marie Souvestre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Roosevelt“
“Following her husband’s death, Roosevelt remained active in politics for the rest of her life. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became one of its first delegates. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Later she chaired the John F. Kennedy administration’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. By the time of her death, Roosevelt was regarded as “one of the most esteemed women in the world”; she was called “the object of almost universal respect” in her New York Times obituary. In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup’s List of People that Americans Most Widely Admired in the 20th Century.
Millions of women around the globe today are breaking through what is called “The Glass Ceiling.” They are CEO’s chief executive officers for many of the worlds largest corporations. Many more women are entering politics than ever before in history. A woman is even running for president, in this Presidential Primary Election year. Women worldwide would be wise to study and emulate Eleanor Roosevelt. I have to believe millions already have. That is why so many found their way through the holes in that old glass ceiling.