A truly great leader supports the struggling, fights for civil rights, and helps create a world where people are treated equally. This great leader is Eleanor Roosevelt. In terms of vision, impact, and legacy she has truly set a new standard of excellence. First, in fighting for her vision of equality, she was involved in many volunteering projects. Her liberal views were so radical that she was put on an FBI watchlist and had an extensive file kept on her for threat of communist activity. Some of these projects include teaching immigrant children, joining the National Consumers League for safe working conditions, aiding Red Cross and Navy hospitals during WW1, and more. Next, the category that is most important for any leader-their impact. From being an Active Democrat, to being involved in the Women’s Union Trade League and League of Women’s Voters, to cofounding a non-profit furniture factory in the Great Depression, Eleanor Roosevelt actively pursued every opportunity to help people. While being the eyes and ears of her husband Franklin Roosevelt during his presidency, she funded programs for artists and writers, and made countless in-person trips to boost military and public morale during WW1 and The Great Depression.
Lastly, her Legacy: Eleanor Roosevelt actively advocated for the civil rights of African Americans, women, poor people, and young people, and in doing so paved the way for a more inclusive government.
One of her most famous actions came following the D.A.R. rejecting renowned singer Marian Anderson from using their concert hall due to her race. Upon hearing this, Eleanor resigned from the organization, and rallied lawyers and politicians to hold the concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, leading to attendance being roughly 75,000 people. Her support of the black population in America, including her support of the anti-lynching bill, caused the Ku Klux Klan to put a $25,000 bounty on her life. As well as being chair of the U.N. Human Rights Committee and giving many cataclysmic speeches causing changes in policies, she also regularly held women-only press conferences at a time when women were typically banned from attending White House conferences. In conclusion, throughout her life and following her death, Eleanor Roosevelt had an unquestionable positive impact of the world by helping an insurmountable amount of people. That is why Eleanor Roosevelt deserves to be the world’s fifth greatest leader.