Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11th, 1884, in New York, USA. Her father, Elliot, was the younger brother of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. However, both her parents died by 1894. Therefore, she and her two younger brothers went to live with their grandmother.
She was a shy girl and received private education until the age of fifteen. Then, she moved to London to study at the Allenswood Academy. The experience abroad pulled the best out of her. Marie Souvestre, one of her teachers, had a striking influence on her future passion for social affairs.
Upon her arrival to New York in 1902, a relationship with distant cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt sparked. The two married on March 17th, 1905. Her uncle, then president, Theodore, walked her down the aisle.
First Lady of the World
Her husband rose through the ranks of politics fast. And on March 4th, 1933, he became the 32nd president of the USA. Hence, Eleanor was the First Lady. Immediately, she took social issues as her own.
She toured the country with passion attending numerous events, supported minorities and the poor. During World War II., she traveled abroad to uplift the American troops. Besides, she also always provided the president an objective view on any topic.
Her husband died on April 12th, 1945. Despite leaving the White House, Eleanor Roosevelt continued her work for human rights and equality. Between 1946 and 1953, she served as a US delegate to the United Nations.
Of course, she took up human rights as she chaired the Human Rights Commission. As a result, she played a crucial role in drafting and adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The new president of the USA nicknamed her “The first lady of the world.”
She was a dedicated member of the Democratic party. The mother of five fought for human rights, racial equality, uplifted women’s voices and stood with the disadvantaged. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt died November 7th, 1962, in New York, USA.
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”Anna Eleanor Roosevelt