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Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady of the World
Childhood Born Hyde Park, New York Parents were rich, but her childhood was unhappy shy Made fun of for not being beautiful, mother called her “granny” Mother died when she was 8 Father died when she was 10 Sent to live with her strict grandmother
Education Eleanor was sent to boarding school in England at 15. Became a leader Less shy, more confident Loved school, made friend, traveled
Back in the U.S.A Returned at 18 Grandmother wanted her to go to parties Did as she was asked, but looked for ways to help others Taught immigrants to read without being paid Spent time with distant cousin, Franklin. Franklin wanted to President Both wanted to help other Married in 1905
Courage worked for women’s rights Made speeches, even though she felt afraid “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Don’t Stop! 1921 Franklin gets sick on vacation with Polio Can’t walk She won’t let Franklin give up on his dream of being President She went to meetings, gave speeches and wrote magazine articles to help people remember Franklin Franklin was elected Governor of New York
First Lady of United States Eleanor becomes Frist Lady Most first ladies spent their time planning parties and fancy dinners Eleanor traveled all over U.S because Franklin could not walk She visited people who needed help Told Franklin everything she saw Some called her the presidents “eyes and ears”
Frist Lady Duties Met with reporters each week at White House Invited only women reporters Wrote a daily newspaper column called “My Day” Talked to Mary McLeod Bethune about problems African Americans faced Amelia Earhart came to dinner at White House, she and Eleanor went flying over D. C. in their evening dresses
World War ll War breaks out Eleanor visits men and women fighting for U.S. as far away as Austraila Brought messages back to their families Went to Canada and England to meet with world leaders People called her “Eleanor Everywhere”
Human Rights Franklin dies in 1945 Eleanor continues her work, felt it was important to get to know people in other countries. **helps start organization called the United Nations, UN Representative for U.S.A Led people from other countries in writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Her Work Lives On UN started with 50 nations, now 190 Many organizations that are apart of the UN help children, work for better schools, give out food where people are hungry, work to keep peace Honored with picture on a postage stamp Remembered as “First Lady of the World”
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