Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Women's History Month No. 21

"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."

"My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths."

"Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, "First Lady of the World" Oct. 11, 1884 ~ Nov. 7, 1962

Look at those eyes; very blue they were. These images here are my two favorite pictures of Elliott (charming drunkard, alas) & Anna Roosevelt's daughter, Theo. Roosevelt's (that "steam engine in trousers," as Mark Twain, no fan of the imperialistic President, not at all, referred to this most interesting American ever.), favorite niece, FDR's valiant, albeit grudge-bearing, far-traveling wife; and the complex mother of Anna, James, Franklin Jr., Elliott, & John; first cousin, too, of the very beautiful, but rather nasty & sharp-tongued "Princess Alice" Roosevelt. I had the privilege of writing about Eleanor Roosevelt in several of my books: Rabble Rousers: 20 Women Who Made a Difference, Franklin & Eleanor, and Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women.

How I loved reading about this thoughtful, compassionate, and complex woman [and her whole family, for that matter]! This writer, politician, and humanitarian. She and her husband were some pair of complicated coconuts, I swear.

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