Why do I admire her? For my grandparents, and the other 200 plus families who moved to Norvelt in the mid-1930s (just one of several such communities created as part of the New Deal), Eleanor Roosevelt represented hope - it was a hand UP, not a handout.
This was not a Depression-era bailout. Folks were required to work, and work they did. Each tract of land included a grape arbor, a chicken coop and a garage. Agricultural agents came with seeds, and taught the residents how to grow their own food. They paid rent each month (with the option to buy in the future); they worked in a sewing factory erected to enable the displaced coalminers and others earn a living.
Eleanor Roosevelt spent the majority of her life supporting homemakers, uplifting the downtrodden, and improving human rights for countless people. She changed the lives of my grandparents, my mother, my aunts and uncles.
What woman (or women) do YOU admire? What woman will we be writing back into history here?