Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in New York City with her parents Elliot and Anna Roosevelt, and her two brothers, Elliot, Jr. and Hall. Her family was high society New Yorkers commonly known as the "swells". Both of Eleanor's parents died before she was eight years old, leaving her to her maternal grandmother.

Eleanor as a school girl

Eleanor attended finishing school at Allenswood Academy outside of London. At Allenswood,
she learned many tasks of a proper lady. Eleanor looked up to her Headmaster; Marie Souuvestre
was noted for her cultivating independent thinking which she instilled in young women.

"no matter how plain a women may be if the truth and loyalty are stamped upon her face
all will be attracted to her" (Roosevelt-wikipedia)

Eleanor was known for being a very plain girl as a young child. Growing up with her Grandmother
as her gardian, she was sentenced to a plain and ordinary lifestyle. She considered herself ugly.
Many said she was starved for affection and insecure.

"So few people in the world put themselves out to do something themselves for another human being. They will write a letter or draw a check, the will go see someone if it is convenient." (61)
Eleanor Roosevelt felt this way about helping people, as you can see in her later life, she travels world wide doing her part to change the world.
Eleanor as a schoolgirl)

Eleanor and Franklin's wedding

Eleanor married Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was the first lady
from 1933-1945. Although her husband's accomplishments were
more recognized, she had many of her own. Eleanor was an author, public
speaker, politician, and activist. She became a Civil Rights advocate after her
husband's death in 1945. She was co-founder of the Freedom House, and founder
the UN Association of the United States (1943) to advance support for the formation of
the UN. President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor as a delegate to the UN General Assembly
in 1945 and again in 1952. During her time, the UN drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights.

"So if I may offer a thought in consolation to others who for a time have to live in a "goldfish bowl" don't worry because people know that you do, for the really important things about anyone are what they are and what they think and feel..." (9)
Mrs. Roosevelt said this to describe how many people tend to judge others; that they live in a "goldfish bowl", never escape their small lives. She thought that everyone, even women, should experience life to its fullest.
Even during her husband's presidency, Eleanor kept her plain style and never was addicted to extravegant things the way many tend to be in the presence of wealth. She believed that all men and women have the right to work for a life which they can enjoy; Happiness is the key to everything.
"There are three fundementals for human happiness- love and faith, and work which will produce at least a minimum of material
security. These things must be made possible for all human beings, men and women alike." (15)

" I always want to be moving, indoors and out, and feel sure that I can get what i want more quickly than anyone else." (198)
Mrs. Roosevelt was always busy. She never felt like her job was done to make the world a better place.

In conclusion, Eleanor Roosevelt believed she could conquer the world. Before her death on November 7th, 1962, she did nearly just that. She was named one of the most admired people of the 20th century in Gallup's List of Widely Admired People. She set the standards for women world-wide for all her contributaions to society. Mrs. Rooosevelt thought of people as always struggling to conquer something, but each year they grow fewer and fewer.

"Perhaps that is why some of us do our "'daily dozens"' each morning: we must begin the day in a conquering mood!" (22

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