By: Joanne C.
How perfect! The United Nations International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated each year on October 11—the same day as Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday!
As First Lady and chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, she was the driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was signed by 192 countries. This international bill of rights decreed equal rights for all citizens of the world, despite gender, race, religion, political beliefs, and beyond. Nearly 70 years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt attempted to change all references from “man” to “people” in the Declaration.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s clarion call is also a major theme for the Day of the Girl and all movements for girls’ rights:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Leaders for our campaign wrote this statement, which reflects the same spirit and philosophy for girls in every corner of the world:
“We want the freedom to be ourselves, and to be seen as equals in our own eyes and the eyes of others.”
We’re sure Eleanor Roosevelt would be happy to celebrate her birthday with girls everywhere on the Day of the Girl!
Eleanor Roosevelt in school portrait (1898). (Photo courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and about.com)
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