I love how Eleanor articulated these two sentences above. These two little sentences say so much about Eleanor Roosevelt.
She by no means was ever considered to be a beautiful child much less a beautiful young lady-if we are looking at the exterior. But for someone to write such a beautiful message-it had to come from a beautiful person. Her beauty lied within her soul.
Eleanor had a very sad childhood-losing both her parents at a very young age. She considered herself an ugly duckling. She was born into immense wealth and attended prominent private schools.
In my research I found that this First Lady was the longest serving first lady of the United States during her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office.
She later served as the United States Delegate to the United Nations from 1945 to 1952. President Harry Truman use to call her the “First Lady of the World” a tribute to her human rights achievements.
Eleanor was outspoken and on occasions publicly disagreed with her husband President Roosevelt. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, speak at a national conventions and write a syndicated newspaper column. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace. She was a feminist who sought to cultivate independent thinking in young women.
By the time she died she was regarded as one of the most esteemed women in the world. Her obituary read as follows- “the object of almost universal respect”.
Eleanor wrote at the age of 14 that one’s prospects in life is not totally dependent on physical beauty. How profound for such a young lady.
Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beautiful means “of very high standards”.
Well, Eleanor surely fits that definition.
Let us teach our daughters the true meaning of beautiful.
Until we meet again,
Tish (A work of art in progress)