I’d like to rephrase this to read ‘people are like tea bags’, but I can’t blame Eleanor since she was a badass feminist living in the early 20th Century, and you just know that she must have had to put up with some serious shit. If she had said, “People are like tea bags” the public would have gone, “You mean men? Why are you comparing men to tea? That’s a comestible; therefore women’s work; therefore why are we even still listening to you?”
The Roosevelts were a pretty cool bunch; they don’t fuck around. Eleanor’s family had famous lawyers, socialites, athletes, politicians and generally plenty of money to go around. Despite hailing from an influential family, she didn’t have an easy life by any means. Both her parents and one of her brothers died before she was 15, and her marriage was plagued by infidelity.
But more importantly, did you know she was the first first lady to hold press conferences, as well as give speeches on behalf of the president? She never quit, and after her white house time came to an end, she remained completely immersed in politics, working with the U.N. to oversee the declaration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, amongst other things. In the 30s, she was also very close buddies with Amelia Earhart. They used to sneak out and go to parties together – I shit you not. That is some historical fanfiction that writes itself.
As always, click the quote image for the high-res free download in Google Drive. Hopefully it will remind you when times are tough that you are strong as a hearty Scottish breakfast tea.
All the love,