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Progressive Eleanor

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, activist, writer.

How might one encourage newspapers to hire women journalists? Eleanor did it by hosting ladies-only press conferences at the White House. What a wild idea! Eleanor was more than a First Lady—she and FDR had a robust political partnership and her work for social reform and civil rights continued well after his death. As the U.S. Delegate to the U.N. she helped to draft the historic Declaration of Human Rights. ER was a prolific writer and speaker. What's her coffee connection? Talking to America for 15 minutes every Sunday night as host of her radio show Over Our Coffee Cups (1941-42). On her "Sunday evening visit" of December 7, she became the first public figure to comment on the attack at Pearl Harbor.

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