Today we honor an extraordinary woman, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. We honor her as a Sistah Girl because her life was as inspiring as it was wonderful.
She contributed by fighting racism at every opportunity, she helped those in need and fought for the rights of women, refugees, and African Americans during her tenure as the longest serving first lady of the United States. She advocated for low-cost housing, equal pay for equal work, pensions, and a minimum wage. She also joined to Red Cross during WWI and visited soldiers in the South Pacific.
Eleanor Roosevelt went down in the mines to see the help needed improve working conditions for miners and their families. Mrs. Roosevelt worked with the NAACP to help African Americans gain rights.
She set up food lines during the Depression for those who had no food. She joined the League of Women Voters to help women gain the right to vote. She changed the way First Ladies are perceived and paved the way for future First Ladies to express and work on their own projects.
“Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.”
She was chair of the UN’s Human Rights Commission and was the driving force in creating the 1948 charter of liberties, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that is active to this day.
Eleanor was born in 1884 in New York, New York. She was the niece of President Teddy Roosevelt and married her cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905. They were married for 40 Years and had six children. She was an intelligent woman who wrote a newspaper column for over 20 years called “My Day” and the first First Lady to hold all female press conferences.
The list is long and her achievements are many so I encourage you to read more about her on your own and take inspiration from her extraordinary life.
So it is our pleasure to honor this Sistah Girl who is a symbol of courage and hope and someone who tried to make this world a better place.