Eleanor Roosevelt Feminism

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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. ' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt was a shy child who experienced incredible loss early in life. She lost her parents young and only truly came out of her shell when she was sent to school in England. Roosevelt, with the help of headmistress Marie Souvestre, blossomed into a young woman ready to take on the world. Eleanor Roosevelt revolutionized the role of First Lady through hard work with women and minorities in her community while still maintaining her public appearance. To begin, Eleanor Roosevelt was an advocate for women and minorities across the country throughout her life. Roosevelt helped change young girl’s lives in the same manner that her life was changed as a child. When her husband, Franklin, became governor of New York and they moved to New York City, Roosevelt saw an opportunity she could not pass up. “She continued to teach at Todhunter, a girls ' school in Manhattan that she and two friends had purchased, making several trips a week back and forth between Albany and New York City” (Caroli). Roosevelt’s dedication to the job and the young women she worked with did not stop even when leaving the job would be convenient for her. Instead, Roosevelt decided to become something more than a political
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