The Importance Of The New First Lady By Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Known as the reluctant first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt accomplished many tasks that previous First Ladies’ thought they could not do. With no option of becoming the First Lady, she refused to accept the “housewife” role and changed the way the United States viewed the role of the First Lady by her outspoken personal views, participation in the media, and her numerous trips around the world while assisting her husband.
While previous first ladies refrained from public discussion of their personal views, Eleanor’s bold opinions on political, social, and racial issues took many by surprise (Albion). Not content to stay in the background and handle domestic matters, she showed the world that the first lady was an important part of American politics (A&E Networks). In 1933, Eleanor Roosevelt became the first, First Lady to hold a press conference, while also only allowing female reporters to attend in an attempt to provide equal time to women who were not allowed in presidential press conferences. By holding the conferences, Mrs. Roosevelt attributed to women an important function in the political communication process, and at the same time helped to secure the …show more content…
Eleanor disagreed with the decision to deny a world-renowned African American singer to perform and showed her protest by posting her resignation from the Daughters of the American Revolution in her column “My Day”. Although taking part in radio broadcasting was a controversial career of a president’s wife, Eleanor chose to share her personal views with the media. She was called "the President 's eyes, ears and legs" and provided objective information to her husband about what she learned while