I hope you are enjoying this series and finding some personal inspiration from the women featured in this series thus far.
Today my inner beauty feature will be about Eleanor Roosevelt.
Early in her childhood, Eleanor was made to feel like an “ugly duckling”. She lost both of her parents early on and was raised by her very stern and strict grandmother. She later married her cousin Franklin Roosevelt.
Her mother in law was very overbearing and domineering which did little for her self-esteem and hindered her in her marriage. She raised six children while overcoming various difficulties and obstacles. Her husband was elected to several political offices and finally won a landslide victory to become President of the United States.
Eleanor gradually found the determination to abandon traditional roles in favor of political and reform work. In the dark days of the Depression she made Americans feel that someone cared and would try to help. Even though Franklin Roosevelt did not always follow her advice, she pressed the causes of Black people, youth, the poor, and the unemployed.
She always had an inner strength and quality such that she cared a great deal for others and their quality of life. After her husband’s death in 1945, President Truman named her U.S. Delegate to the United Nations.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, was largely her work, and the delegates rose in a standing ovation for her. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to be active in politics and in work for international cooperation. She was affectionately known as First Lady to the World. Her memorable quotes are still referenced often to this day. Two of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes are:
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
- “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
After her death, Adlai Stevenson said of Eleanor Roosevelt at a memorial service, “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow warmed the world.”
Her qualities were wit, wisdom, strength, determination, charity and compassion for all of humanity.
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Have a Beautiful Day Everyone! May your inner beauty cast a bright glow and warm your world today! x0x0x