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Eleanor Roosevelt – Human Rights Leader

Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  She was a very active first lady and she worked all of her life for human rights – fair treatment for everyone.  President Roosevelt had polio and Eleanor helped him and made many fact–finding trips for him. 

Eleanor Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations.  She helped draft and pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Eleanor worked very hard to get all countries to support the declaration.  The declaration states all persons are born free and equal in dignity.

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Eleanor Roosevelt married her distant cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1905, She worked in settlement houses before focusing on supporting her husband's political career after he contracted poliomyelitis in 1921.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

Eleanor Roosevelt


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