Eleanor Roosevelt : Women 's Rights And Race Issues

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For 78 years, Eleanor Roosevelt was an extremely influential yet controversial woman. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. Eleanor went through many challenges in her life to become the influential leader she was. Her childhood was one of a terrible tragedy; however, while her husband was in and out of office, she tried to help others have a better life. While she was politically involved in many areas, her biggest interest was in women’s rights and race issues.
Born on October 11, 1884, was Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of Anna Rebecca Livingston Ludlow Hall and Elliott Roosevelt. While Elliott adored his daughter, Anna was very disappointed that she was not beautiful, so it was hard for Eleanor to win her
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They talked about divorce, but even though they decided against it, their relationship would never be the same. While Eleanor was distraught after finding out about FDR’s love affair, it is believed that she had a secret love affair of her own. Lorena Hickok, a journalist that abandoned her career to live in the White House, is believed to be a love interest of Eleanor’s for many years (Black). While Eleanor was born into a wealthy family, she would not follow tradition woman’s roles.
Their life in politics began in 1911 when FDR was elected senator of New York. This made Eleanor become more outgoing, but when President Wilson appointed FDR as assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, her political appearance took off. When the United States entered World War I, Eleanor began visiting Navy hospitals, volunteering with the Red Cross, and making and distributing items to soldiers (Lassieur). FDR lost as a vice presidential candidate in 1920. When FDR got polio in 1921, Eleanor became his “eyes, ears, and feet” in the political scene (Burke, 369). Even through all of the tragedy, Eleanor wanted to stay in politics, so she joined the Women’s Division of the Democratic State Committee. Eleanor began learning new skills such as typing, and in the same year, she gave her first speech. She began visiting New York counties to get more women involved in politics and she began editing for Women’s Democratic News. Eleanor’s influence helped keep FDR’s name in
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