Eleanor Roosevelt was perhaps the most accomplished and fearless of First Ladies. She was a prominent activist for progressive causes, and she never moderated her views to please the public. She was her own woman, not an ornament for a powerful man.

Garrison Keillor’s “The Writers’ Almanac” posted this brief tribute to an amazingly interesting woman:

It’s the birthday of the longest-serving First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, born in New York City (1884) who said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.” During World War I, she went off to Europe and visited wounded and shell-shocked soldiers in hospitals there. Later, during her husband’s presidency, she campaigned hard on civil rights issues — not a universally popular thing in the 1930s and 1940s, or in 2020.

And, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”