Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a politician, diplomat, activist, educator, author, and humanitarian. She was First Lady of the United States, as well as, a United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She was the first actively involved modern First Lady.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in 1884 in New York City, New York. She was distantly related to President Theodore Roosevelt. When she was young both of her parents and one of her brothers died. When she was 15 years old she attended Allenwood Academy in London. In 1902, her grandmother sent for her to come home and make her social debut. After her debutante ball she became involved with the New York Junior League.
Eleanor met Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1902. They became engaged in 1903 and despite his mother’s objections married in 1905. Theodore Roosevelt gave Eleanor away for the ceremony since her father had died. Franklin and Eleanor had six children, one girl and five boys. In 1918, Eleanor discovered an affair Franklin had been having. In 1921, Franklin got polio and had to use a wheelchair in the future. He was unsure about continuing in politics, however with Eleanor’s urging and involvement he decided to continue as a politician.
In 1929, Franklin, FDR, became governor of New York. Eleanor taught at a finishing school for girls from before her husband was New York’s governor until he became President of the United States. She went from being First Lady of New York to becoming First Lady of the United States when FDR became President in 1933. She remained in this role until 1945. Eleanor became the 1st Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1946. From 1947 until 1953 she was the 1st United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Finally, from 1961 until 1962 she was the 1st Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.
FDR died in 1945. Eleanor had and continued working for civil and women’s rights. FDR was honored and memorialized in many ways. Eleanor had written many articles throughout her public life. She wrote multiple books as well.
Eleanor died in 1962. Flags were flown at half-staff in her honor. Books, films, and statues were made in her honor. In 1973, she was inducted into the National Woman’s Hall of Fame. Historic sites have been dedicated, schools have been named after her, and many honors have posthumously been given to Eleanor Roosevelt. Be inspired! Have a bright day!