President Harry S. Truman referred to Eleanor Roosevelt as the “First Lady of the World.” She represented the United States in the General Assembly of the UN and was elected as the UN Human Rights Commission’s first chairperson in 1946. We stand here at the precipice of a major event, both in the life of the United Nations and the life of all mankind, she said when presenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the General Assembly. This statement might end up serving as the global Magna Carta for all men. In 1968, she received the UN Human Rights Prize posthumously. She would rather burn candles, Adlai Stevenson remarked during her memorial address at the UN General Assembly. This statement might end up serving as the global Magna Carta for all men.
In 1968, she received the UN Human Rights Prize posthumously. She would rather burn candles, Adlai Stevenson remarked during her memorial address at the UN General Assembly.
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- “Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’”
- “The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now.”
- “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
- “The UN is our greatest hope for future peace. Alone we cannot keep the peace of the world, but in cooperation with others we have to achieve this much longed-for security.”
- “Our own land and our own flag cannot be replaced by any other land or any other flag. But you can join with other nations, under a joint flag, to accomplish something good for the world that you cannot accomplish alone.”
- “Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.”
- “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
- “The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life.
- “Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men.”
- “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
As a social feminist and supporter of legislative protections for women, Roosevelt did not endorse the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA, a product of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party. It was an amendment that if ratified would “erase all the laws that discriminated against women.” Roosevelt and her allies believed that an amendment that got rid of all the protective legislation for women in the workplace would do more harm than good. The ERA, she argued, was impractical and ignored political and social realities of sexism and, particularly, the everyday experience of working women. Roosevelt’s position on the ERA began to waver in the late thirties, as she felt labour unions and the right to collective bargaining negated the need for protective legislation. However, because of her connections with the WTUL and her friendship with Rose Schneiderman, a leader in the WTUL, Roosevelt did not publicly withdraw her opposition to the ERA until 1946. Even then she held reservations because she believed that there was still a need for protective legislation.
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