Eleanor Roosevelt

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

“Do what you feel in your heat to be right –for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

The longest serving First Lady in US history, Eleanor Roosevelt was a prominent advocate for women and for human rights.

She was a strong proponent of her husband’s administration’s efforts to create programs that kept Americans working, optimistic and united during the dark years of the Depression and World War II.

In 1945, she was appointed to serve as a US delegate to the UN and chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also co-founded Freedom House in the 1940s and founded the UN Association of the US in 1943 to advance support for the UN’s formation. She is one of the most respected women in modern history.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884.