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Eleanor Roosevelt. Ratify the ERA. Women's History Month Day 23

Women's History Month Day 23. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Women's Rights are Civil Rights. The Equal Rights Amendment case will be heard before the Senate today. I thought I would go back to the origins of modern Political Ideology that shaped some of these most basic Political concepts with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) & wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945), First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady from Figurehead to being a Diplomat in her own right.

While the First Lady was active during her husband's Administration, when President Roosevelt died in office in 1945 & Vice President Harry S. Truman was sworn into office, Eleanor stayed on in various roles in the Truman Administration - most notably in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

As Chairwoman of this newly-created Commission, Eleanor considered the drafting & adoption of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights to be her greatest accomplishment.

Like the Declaration of Sentiments presented at the First Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York 173 years earlier, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was modeled after the Declaration of Independence.

This Document enumerated 30 Basic Human Rights.

"Such are the places where every man, woman & child seeks EQUAL justice, EQUAL opportunity, EQUAL dignity without discrimination." - Eleanor Roosevelt