2. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
As the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she changed the role of the first lady through her participation in American politics. When her husband became president in the 1930s, she knew that staying in the background was not for her. She worked on behalf of the League of Women Voters, and spoke out about women’s issues, child’s rights and human rights. Additionally, she stood against racial discrimination, helped the country’s poor and visited the U.S. troops abroad during World War II. While her public role was heavily criticized by some, others praised her for her active participation in politics. Today, she is considered as a leader of women’s and civil rights.