Eleanor Roosevelt: A Defining First Lady

Allida Black / University of Virginia

Eleanor Roosevelt is shrouded in stereotypes: she was FDR’s eyes and ears, an idealist who did not do or understand policy, a woman scorned who sought the public’s love, and many more.

All are convenient hooks to put this complex, influential woman in a box — and one that strips her of her vision, power, and influence.

In this presentation, leading Roosevelt historian, Allida Black, will discuss Eleanor Roosevelt as both a domestic and an international power broker: from her early days as an activist, to her days as a member of the U.S. United Nations Commission on Human Rights.