Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt was a great woman in whatever she was engaged with. She is known for her work as the first lady and a humanitarian. But besides these titles, she has also won world recognition as a mother and as a mere determined woman during the twentieth century.
Before arriving on the national scene by FDR's side, Mrs. Roosevelt advocated her feelings about the role of women and suffrage by joining the League of Women Voters in 1920. Upon joining such a league, it was unnecessary for her to be trained or introduced to such topics. But instead, it was all natural concepts to her. In 1922 Mrs. Roosevelt joined the New York Women's Trade Union League and the Women's Division of the Democratic Party. Along with the league, she advocated for the improvement of working conditions, low wages and the right to unionize for women. In 1926 she even joined three hundred striking paper-box makers on a protest march.
Mrs. Roosevelt began to express her ideas freely, without feeling a necessity to side with FDR's opinions and plans. In early 1924, Mrs. Roosevelt led the battle against partybosses on the behalf of women in Syracuse, where Democrats met to endorse for a presidential candidate. She insisted that women should be able to join the men in selecting delegates and alternates. Women should not be working for men, but rather work with them. She saw women as equals and must develop their deserved respect from men. Mrs. Roosevelt also joined the New York Women's City Club. Serving on the head of the committee chair, she worked for a maximum-work-week for women workers. In 1928 she even co-chaired the women's division campaign for Al Smith. By this time, Mrs. Roosevelt had gained the true respect from the entire country.
From the beginning, Mrs. Roosevelt worked hard to allow women to freely stand on their own two feet. She demanded for better wages and hours for female workers. Although she had grew up without the constant worrying of money, she still struggled to improve the well being of women in society. Mrs. Roosevelt also strongly pushed women into the field of politics. She knew that it was necessary, to change things both on the top and bottom. Not many first ladies have ever so freely expressed their opinions of women's rights. Thanks to Mrs. Roosevelt, people have realized the importance and potential of women.