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Eleanor Roosevelt

March is Women's History Month. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was a political figure, diplomat serving as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly (1945 to 1952), and longest serving First Lady. Roosevelt was controversial for many reasons. She was a formidable advocate for the civil rights for women, African-Americans, Asian Americans and World War II refugees. Throughout her husband’s Presidency, she attended press conferences, wrote columns, hosted her own radio show and spoke at the national party convention. She often, openly disagreed with her husband’s policies. She played an integral role in the United States support of the United Nations, becoming its first delegate. She served as chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and “oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” She later chaired the Kennedy administration's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

At the time of her death, she was considered as "one of the most esteemed women in the world" and "the object of almost universal respect." In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. ______________________……/first-…/anna-eleanor-roosevelt/


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