A Comparative Analysis of the Activism and Views of Women Held by Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1930s and Hillary Clinton
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Similarities and differences between the activism and views of women held by Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1930s and Hillary Clinton
Since Hillary Clinton clinched the position of the First Lady, various attempts have been made to compare her activism and views of women with those of Eleanor Roosevelt. Up to the late 1990s, Eleanor Roosevelt was far much popular than Hillary Clinton. This is because he was married to a disabled husband. To this effect, Eleanor Roosevelt had to work as his Vice President. She represented the president in all countries. While opponents made vicious partisan comments about Eleanor Roosevelt's unprecedented public dominance at the time of his tenure, various individuals including Democrats supported her unusual role due to his husband's disability (Day, 2007).
From the institutionalization of the Vice President's office, it has been easy for First Ladies to work unofficially as the Vice Presidents to their husbands. Both women, Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt established an independent political and social network of women friends outside their careers. This became a source of public autonomy and privacy for Clinton and Roosevelt, which has never been duplicated. Evidently, the two women belonged to an era of influential women who came from the progressive generation. They made successful efforts in advocating for international peace and social justice since 1900. The Great Depression provided Clinton and Roosevelt with a