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    Eleanor Roosevelt, a remarkable woman; one of 25 powerful women in the past century - TIME

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    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) As wife of the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt challenged and transformed the historically ceremonial, behind-the-scenes First Lady role. She increased her public presence by participating in radio broadcasts, authoring a daily syndicated column, "My Day," and holding weekly, women-only press conferences (she was the first presidential wife to do so) to discuss women's issues, her daily activities and breaking news. Along the way, she became one of her husband's unofficial advisers and informants, lobbying for civil rights policies to assist the poor, minorities and women, helping to formulate New Deal social-welfare programs and pushing for the creation of the United Nations. Following her husband's death, Roosevelt continued her humanitarian efforts as a member of the first American delegation to the U.N. and helped develop the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UNICEF. In recognizing Roosevelt's legacy of advocacy for the underprivileged both nationally and abroad, President Harry Truman famously dubbed her "First Lady of the World."

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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 - wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - the 32nd President of the United States.

Eleanor Roosevelt.

I learned this years ago. As long as you are sincere in your thoughts and heart, there is nothing you can do that is wrong......life allows almost everything. Blind judgement is simple ignorance!!

Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt taken in New York, NY. 1889. FDR Presidential Library and Museum via Flickr.

Inaugural Reception Gown, Arnold Constable: 1945, rayon crepe trimmed with lace and sequins. Worn by Eleanor Roosevelt. Housed in the "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" Gallery (expanded and re-opened 11/19/2011) of the National Museum of American History.

Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt with their family. They had six children together by one of them, Franklin DelanoJr., died as an infant.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt