This website is dedicated to my seventh cousin twice removed on the Dutch side of my family,
First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962).
Although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution (believing it would adversely
affect working women) she worked ceaselessly to promote women's rights in the U.S. As chair of President Kennedy's
ground-breaking Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, she helped to inaugurate the second wave of
Dubbed "First Lady of the World" by President Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt was a tireless advocate for human rights in many areas and used her influence to effect change in the world. For example, she chaired the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow
African-American contralto Marian Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. In defiance
of the DAR's racist decision, Eleanor Roosevelt, assisted by her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt, arranged for
Anderson to perform an open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Anderson sang to
a crowd of more than 75,000 people and to millions of Americans listening in on their radios.
I would like to have been there to see and hear that.