Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most respected and admired woman of her generation. She was an incredibly compassionate women who cared deeply about others. She accomplished numerous goals throughout her life which helped the welfare of the youth, the poor, and the underprivileged.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born to Anna Hall and Elliot Roosevelt, brother of Theodore Roosevelt, on October 11, 1884 in New York City. Her parents separated when she was young mainly because of her father’s alcoholism (The White House, 2004). Immediately following the separation in 1892 her mother died of diphtheria, an acute infectious disease. Eleanor’s grandmother raised her and her two brothers after her mother’s death while her father rarely saw them (Larsen, 1991). Although Eleanor’s father suffered from drinking problems, Eleanor idealized him. Her father was severely injured when he fell and had past away in 1894 when Eleanor was ten. While attending Allenswood boarding school in England at the age of fifteen Eleanor meet the headmistress, Marie Souvestre, who greatly encouraged Roosevelt, cultivated her curiosity, and influenced her world view (DiNardo, 2004).
Eleanor began her career as a political assistant for her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served in the state Senate form 1910 to 1913 (The White House, 2004). Eleanor didn’t want to sit at home and take care of the children so she joined her husband for his second western campaign tour and traveled with him for three weeks (Larsen, 2004). She learned how to sit and listen to the same speech over and over again while looking excited and attentive. When he was diagnosed with polio in 1921, she took care of him attentively. She traveled countless miles with him or on his behalf in all his campaigns and later considered herself “his legs”. She became involved in the women’s division of the State Democratic Committee to keep his fascination in