Eleanor Roosevelt in 1898. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She supported the New Deal policies of her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and became an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an international author, speaker, politician, and activist for the New Deal coalition. She worked to enhance the status of working women, although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962): early feminist, First Lady, philanthropist, civil rights activist, women's education promoter, outspoken on racial discrimination... Adlai Stevenson said, "What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of so many?...She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world."