The Seven People Who Shaped My Life
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by Eleanor Roosevelt Look 15 (June 19,1951): 54-56, 58. What you are in life results in great part from the influence exerted on you over the years by just a few people. There have been seven people in my life whose influence on me did much to change my inner development as a person. The first …show more content…
On the other hand, she was scrupulously fair and allowed the British girls to celebrate their victories in South Africa, though she would take the rest of us into her library and talk to us at length on the rights of small nations while the British celebration was going on! I realize now that it was a unique educational experience I was then given the opportunity to enjoy, and it certainly did me no harm to have my horizons so widened. Eleanor 's Society Aunt The next important and stimulating person in my life was Mrs. W. Forbes (Hall) Morgan, the young aunt with whom I lived when I first came home from Europe. Aunt Pussie, as she was known in the family, was a good many years older that I was, and a great belle in New York society, which at that time was small enough to mean a great deal to those who had a place in it. It happened that my family was distinctly a part of what was then called society, not by virtue of having money, but because it had held a place in what might be called the Four Hundred for several generations. People with money were beginning to be important, but
the older families, without having to have money, still held their positions. This young aunt was full of charm and talent. If she had had to earn her living, she probably would have developed this talent into something useful professionally. But since she did not have to, she always remained an amateur. She was much sought after, and she could see little use in having to look
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Eleanor Roosevelt was once a shy, timid girl with her focus on her family but over time became a strong leader, who would have rather spoiled them As a child, Eleanor was timid, shy and serious, but after her husband, Franklin, was paralyzed from the waist down she became a strong, determined women. “Meanwhile Eleanor had changed.” (pg. 794) At first, she had only got involved in the community because she felt it was her duty to keep Franklin in the public eye. However, as the years rolled on and her duty was complete, she still continued to make her mark in the world. This new, strong Eleanor did great things like working with poor children, helping with war efforts, and much more.Eleanor’s focus was on raising her children in a way that
This book is about a woman who forever changed the course of women's role in American history. Eleanor Roosevelt was an extremely important figure in the history of the United States, especially during the twentieth century. The way the author uses the book to help the reader to feel included in Eleanor's life, makes the reader feel as if he knows Mrs. Roosevelt.
When, in 1921 Franklin Roosevelt became paralyzed from polio, Eleanor nursed him while still encouraging him to be involved in public life, much to F.D.R.’s mother’s dismay. Eleanor became a member of the Women’s Trade Union League, to help them pay off mortgage on their club house and to carry through plans on the Val-Kill experiment (Roosevelt, This I Remember. 31). She also joined the Democratic State Committee and met Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook in 1922. Marion and Nan had lived and worked together for years.
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Eleanor Roosevelt was very influential in the policies of the New Deal, and also spoke very openly in support of civil rights and women’s rights. She worked to expand the amount of women in the Roosevelt administration and said that women should still be able to have jobs even if their husbands were employed. She supported the Southern Tenant Farmer’s Union and promoted the inclusion of blacks in the government. Eleanor visited migrant camps, coal mines, and the homes of sharecroppers. She also founded many programs to help people who were affected by the Great Depression.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), one of the most admired women in American history, acted as first lady from 1933 until 1945, longer than any other presidential spouse, and put that position on the nation’s political map. Yet, ironically, Eleanor did not want the job because she thought it would hamper her own self-development as an independent person. Through her own path-breaking efforts she transformed her role from official hostess to important spokesperson for her husband’s administration. In the process she became a role model for millions of Americans who applauded her activism on behalf of social causes.
Eleanor was quickly changing the role of the first lady, even through her activeness in politics. She was a strong advocate for many groups such as women, children, minorities and the poor. As the First Lady, she was doing things that had never been done before, like holding her own press conferences. She also tried to help women get jobs by asking all women reporters to come to her press conferences. In doing this she hoped that editors would hire more women (Morey, 46-47). She became very comfortable with public speaking and gave more press conferences than her husband. She also gave many lectures over the years, and also had her own radio program. Eleanor was very active with the
“Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one 's world” (Roosevelt, p 119, 1960). Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City October 11th, 1884 (Burns, 2012). Having grown up in a family considered to be in the top of society, Eleanor could have focused her life on parties and social gatherings. However, Eleanor came to the realization that she preferred social work rather than to attend parties with the rich (Burns, 2012). Eleanor is a perfect example of an effective leader in three ways, she was a lifelong learner, she used her position in life to better the society as a whole and she faced her many fears and flaws with life lessons she used later on.
Second, I’ll talk about her other part of her growing up again. “In 1913 in march the day before President elect Woodrow inauguration, around eight thousand woman marched with banners and floats down Pennsylvania Avenue from the capitol to the White House” (nwhm.org). By 1918 President Wilson announced his
In her early years, Eleanor was a debutante. Eleanor was enrolled in the Junior League (Scharf, 1987). The Junior League was a group of young upper-class women who planned to add social responsibility to their lives (Scharf, 1987). Eleanor took her role of social responsibility very seriously (Scharf, 1987). She taught classes at the Rivington Street Settlement House in Manhattan (Scharf, 1987). Eleanor treated the immigrants with absolute kindness and taught her classes with total commitment and personal satisfaction (Scharf, 1987).
She also liked to attend meetings at the Capitol building and listen to speakers (Morey, 30). In the winter and spring of 1917-1918, Franklin came down with pneumonia and Eleanor discovered that Franklin was having an affair with their good friend, Lucy Mercer. During this time they saw each other very little, but did not get a divorce (Cook, 222-224, vol. 1). In fact, Franklin’s mother threatened that if he got a divorce, she would “cut him out without a cent” and he needed her money for his campaign, so they did not get a divorce (Morey, 33). After Franklin got over his pneumonia, Eleanor still stayed dedicated to him even after his affair and they tried to work on their relationship. They even began to travel together again. Eleanor still went through some periods of depression but through this she developed independence and leadership (Morey, 35-36).
Like many children, Glueckel saw her parents as prime examples of what to do in order to have a prosperous business and be financially secure. Her father “left no debts and worked himself to the bone to provide decently for his family” (Glueckel, 11). With this role model, Glueckel saw how hard work is more representative of a person’s wealth than a large inheritance. She also witnessed how “the community prospered during the presidency of [her] father” (Glueckel, 21). As for her mother, Glueckel saw how a Jewish woman can break the mould and fend for herself. Her mother proved herself to be a fine businesswoman and knew how to make the goods she would sell. Overall, “when merchants found that she knew her business and was prompt in her deliveries, they trusted her without surety.” (Glueckel, 18). Even though she was a women, she was able to prove herself a good businessperson and therefore, was able to “provide a living for her mother and clean, decent clothes for herself” (Glueckel, 18). Glueckel’s mother is an example of a Jewish woman who strived to provide for her family and succeeded in her endeavor to do so. While her parents were prime examples of successful business people, they were not the only ones for Glueckel to model herself after. Glueckel recounts of stories of individuals from her life that worked for their living. More specifically, Glueckel often recounts of stories
The three individuals my aunt admires from her generation is Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, and John F. Kennedy. Mother Teresa cared for the sick, poor, needy, and the helpless. Pope Francis is the current pope of the catholic church and lives by judging no person. John F. Kennedy was a strong leader and motivational speaker. He stated “mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” Each of these individuals played a major role in shaping the individual that my aunt is today.
It’s all start when my sister and I went to Watson. While I’m doing window shopping, my sister went to buy some stuff. Accidently, in a glance, I saw my sister at the health section. In consciously, I went to her with full of questions, and asked her ‘are you sick?’ Then she turned back to me and answered my question with a question, ‘is this good?’
Women have found power in a variety of ways though out history in their struggle towards justice and equality. Though personal power can take many forms this paper will primarily focus on power found through gender solidarity, class issues, race or sexuality. I intend to examine the ways in which three different women, of different races and times in history, were able to find such power resulting in a positive change to either their own lives or the lives of others. Those women are: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Melba Beals.