It Is Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday And We Have Discovered The Best Website Ever
So write a thing about Eleanor Roosevelt, Rebecca said, on account of how it is her birthday. We don’t really know anything about Eleanor Roosevelt, we said, except that she is cool. Write it anyway, said Rebecca.
Which is how we ended up at the world’s greatest website, the National First Ladies Library.
You guys, have you seen this thing?? It is like the k-hole of websites. We may never emerge. OK, let’s get the cool important Eleanor stuff out of the way. She did not want to be a debutante but figured if she had to hang with those people, she might as well scoop them all up and make them do some good, which is how she ended up working at one of the Settlement Houses because she was a real-deal progressive. She volunteered during World War I and bullied the armed services and the president into looking into how terrible conditions were for veterans coming home. Stop a moment and picture Laura Bush doing that, kids. She worked with trade unions for 30 years. Thirty fucking years. Don’t even get us started on the League of Women Voters because that shit was the bomb.
She was baller about race issues before white people were baller about race issues, and had Marian Anderson perform at the White House when everyone else was busy being fucking racist and not having her perform in DC.
OK we are going to run out of time and space so let’s do this like a speed round:
- United Nations
- Red Cross
- Union member (newspaper guild, represent!)
- Radio host
For serious, if it was a good and true thing, Eleanor Roosevelt did it for 40 years running. That’s all very well and good, but the most important thing we learned from the First Ladies website, which is about to eat our Friday night and yours, is that she was tall. Quite tall!
Five feet, eleven inches in height; dark blonde hair, blue eyes
*among those First Ladies whose physical height is known, Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama are believed to be the tallest, both chronicled as being five feet, eleven inches
Take that, 5-foot-6-inch Laura Bush. Democrat women grow strong and proud and progressive and really fucking tall.
Now, if you’ll forgive us, we’re off to spend the evening looking up the height of each first lady and making a chart. We’d try to go visit the Library, but it is of course shut down right now in honor of a GOP temper tantrum. Happy Friday!