Dimensions: 19.5 inches x 113 inches
Materials: Heavy-duty vinyl
Includes: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
About Eleanor Roosevelt
At a time when being “pretty” was important for a girl, Eleanor Roosevelt was not considered a beauty. As we all do, she had much to feel self-conscious about. However, her response to the world was, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt—the niece of Theodore Roosevelt—was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. Eleanor was born into a well-established and wealthy family and was expected to, as she put it, “conform to a conventional pattern.” Eleanor felt like she was a disappointment to her mother because she was not conventionally beautiful or graceful. She was a very shy child because of her insecurities, always feeling the need to please others.
When Eleanor was only 8 years old, her mother died and just two years later, her father also passed away. Eleanor was sent to boarding school in England when she was a teenager, which gradually helped to draw her out of her shell. She was introduced to the lifestyle of an independent woman and learned assertiveness from her educator Madame Marie Souvestre.
After school, she returned to New York’s to continue her family’s social responsibilities. However, she also joined the National Consumers League and volunteered as a teacher for the College Settlement on Rivington Street. Because of her commitment towards improving the lives of others, Eleanor Roosevelt soon became known within New York reform circles as a staunch and dedicated worker.
In 1905, she married her distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt. During her husband’s presidency, Eleanor gave press conferences and wrote a newspaper column and became known as one of the most outspoken women in the White House. After his death, she served at the United Nations, focusing on human rights and women’s issues.