Eleanor Roosevelt "first lady of the world"

Eleanor Roosevelt throughout her lifetime.


Eleanor Roosevelt had many losses, accomplishments, goals, and influences to the communities of the US, the country, and the world when staying in the White House and even after her husband's death in office. Eleanor had always been frightened after she was orphaned at the age of ten, but her teacher, Marie Souvestre had made her have confidence in herself, do something for her country, and for women. Furthermore, she wanted not to take advantage of position as First Lady, but instead help her country by making everybody equal. Undeniably, Eleanor had served her country and her world positively, peacefully, and appropriately.

Early Years

Eleanor had many losses throughout her early years. She was born on October 11, 1884 as Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and was the oldest of two brothers, Elliott Jr. and Hall. While her father, also an Elliott, was away at Abingdon, Virginia to solve his drinking problems. On the contrary, Eleanor's mother, Anna Hall, died from diphtheria on December 7, 1892. As five months went by, with Eleanor and her brothers having to stay with their grandma, Mary Livingston Ludlow Hall, Elliott Jr. and Hall developed a contagious disease called scarlet fever. Although Hall survived, Elliott Jr. died from scarlet fever and diphtheria. Two years later, Eleanor's father, (brother of former president Theadore Roosevelt), had drank excessively and died on August 11, 1894. At the age of ten, Eleanor become a orphan and was sent to Allenswood Academy, (an all girls school) that was outside of London, by her grandma when she was fourteen. Over there, she learned to be independent, confident, and also learned about herself from the founder and headmistress Marie Souvestre who believed in feminism. Clearly, Eleanor dealt with many losses in her early years and had gained confidence within herself from these experiences.

Eleanor, her father Elliot, her brothers, Hall and Elliot Jr.

Main Accomplishments

Eleanor made many accomplishments as a First Lady to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and after his death. For example, she worked with the American Red Cross to help the wounded in hospitals. Additionally, she met and shared meals with troops during World War II. Eleanor also oversaw the drafting and passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was adopted by the United Nations. Furthermore, she had transformed the role of a First Lady by being one of the most active first ladies in history. Besides being Franklin's wife she helped build his political career and campaign for presidency despite him being diagnosed with polio in 1921. Evidently, Eleanor had many accomplishments.

Eleanor Roosevelt with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Eleanor was successful in fulfilling most of her goals such as human rights, women's issues, and the abolishment of child labor. She achieved her vision of gaining recognition for human rights, women's issues, and ending child labor by having news conferences regularly. Moreover, the news conference that she had, were only with female reporters, making news companies hire women as well as men. Factors influencing Eleanor's achievements were the teachings of Marie Souvestre about feminism, women's plight in the US, and the sights of child labor as she traveled around the country on behalf of Franklin. Undoubtedly, Eleanor was successful in accomplishing her goals.

Eleanor with the news conference reporters in the Treaty Room of the White House.


Eleanor had a significant and positive influence around the world. Some of her influences include fighting for the equal rights of workers, women, and African Americans. This means that when men went for jobs they could easily get in, while women, the poor, and African Americans had a hard time to get a job. Eleanor also influenced the world by drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensured that all the generations to come would have equality and justice without discrimination of race, gender, or status. Without a doubt, Eleanor served a major role in making the world a place of equality and justice.


Although Eleanor Roosevelt had many losses, her achievements were the ones that were talked about the most. For example, Eleanor wanted to make sure her voice and opinions were heard in as many households as possible. She achieved this goal by having news conferences regularly to talk about how unfair it was for African Americans and women to live in the United States or even get a job. In my opinion, her accomplishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was very essential because it brought more peace and justice to the world. Therefore, Eleanor had more accomplishments than losses.

Eleanor (First Lady at the time) testifying before Congress during WWII as assistant director of civilian defense.


I would recommend the biography of Eleanor Roosevelt to others because of the way she has influenced and helped the country. Overall, Eleanor was one of the most recognized First ladies in US history due to her contribution and achievements to the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt



Unique, determined, faithful, punctual

Niece of Theodore Roosevelt, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Who loved her father, brother Hall, and Marie Souvestre

Who believed in equality, peace, feminism

Who feared wars, feared her family breaking apart, and feared that women wouldn't have the same rights as men

Who oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and transformed the role of a First Lady

Who wanted to see the world peaceful and see the ending of discrimination and see all races together

Born and lived in New York City


Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt together.

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