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All this talk of International Women's Day, Month and I don't know, Era (I hope?), got me to wondering about who is the biggest, baddest, all-time GOAT of women leaders? It didn't take me long to decide.
Maybe I love her because of how unconventional she was or for being a newspaper columnist or for wearing sensible shoes.
Maybe I adore that it was more important to her to treat people compassionately than to treat herself to a "mani pedi" (which I cannot imagine her ever getting, BTW).
Maybe I just think she's kick arse because, despite being the longest-serving First Lady in our nation’s history (she was married to the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt) that role was not what defined her legacy.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a politician, a diplomat, a humanitarian and an activist in her own right, having served as the First Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and then later, as the First Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Statues of Women. She was one of the original power women in America -- and a bona fide "shero.”
Today's gal humanitarians, ambassadors and politicians? I'm sorry but, as for some of them? Puh-LEEZ. I mean, she had more intelligence, moxie and class in her little finger than Angelina Jolie has in her whole 85-pound body, just sayin'. In a thousand years Hillary couldn't begin to shine Eleanor's shoes. Sorry, not sorry. Nancy Pelosi? Just no.
What made Eleanor Roosevelt extraordinary was her ability to inspire people with her passion. Don't take my word for it, how terrific she was. Check out hers: “We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” Bam! #EleanorRooseveltRocked
PS 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever. Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly. Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought, his portents, and the judgments he has uttered. You descendants of Abraham, his servants, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! He, the LORD, is our God; throughout the earth his judgments prevail. He remembers forever his covenant which he made binding for a thousand generations – Which he entered into with Abraham and by his oath to Isaac. Verse Before The Gospel PS 95:8 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Gospel JN 8:51-59 Jesus said to the Jews: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death."