One of my absolute favorite quotes of all time is this: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” These words of wisdom were spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman who served with her husband as our nation’s leading family, and a mother of six. Born in 1884, this woman lived and viewed life through a different lens. She witnessed World War I and instead of standing by on the sidelines, Eleanor volunteered with the American Red Cross and Navy hospitals. Over the years of diss-rest and war, she traveled throughout the world, bolstering support among the Allies and servicemen and women.
She was and active participant in gaining women’s rights and education for the girls of our nation, even being the first First Lady to hold a press conference in the White House and only allowed female reporters in. Eleanor also wrote a syndicated column called “My Day” which often advocated for the poor and disadvantaged. Of course, she was a member of various organizations, including the Daughters of the American Republic. That is, until 1939 when the organization refused to let African American singer Marion Anderson to preform in their auditorium. Eleanor revoked he
After her husband’s death, Eleanor continued her service work and was appointed to the United Nations General Assembly where her work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was finally adopted. From there she served on multiple political committees and in various organizations where she promoted human rights and was ultimately known as the “First Lady of the World”. She was a writer, a speaker, a mother, an activist.
Now I know what you’re thinking: Thanks for the history lesson Marcy, but what does this have to do with your blog? Alright, I understand. I mean she was a pretty incredible woman, but it’s National Adoption Month and this blog is pretty much about infertility and adoption-so what does that have to do with the former First Lady? Well, what you may not know is that Eleanor Roosevelt was also adopted. Both of her parents died when she was just a child, and she was then adopted and raised by her grandmother. See, there’s a method to my madness. 🙂 So here’s my point-you never know who might be adopted. In that same respect, you never know what your influence on a child might be, adopted or not. All children have the capacity to do amazing, incredible things. And they all need a home in which they can grow and thrive. Right now, all over this world, there are children waiting for that home. Can you fill that need? Can you offer that love and support? Because you never know, you may just raise the next Eleanor Roosevelt.
Photos and biographical information were retrieved from the FDR Library at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/education/resources/bio_er.html