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Roosevelt, Eleanor
It Seems To Me
New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1954
From pages 177-178:
"Q: You- having had an excellent background, a wonderful education, an unlimited amount of parliamentary experience, so many years in the White House, so many positions of note, and having had an honest political career all your life, with a real human heart- why then do you not do the world a favor by running for the office of President of the United States, thereby becoming the first female President and demonstrating what a Roosevelt can do?

A: You credit me, my dear lady, with more qualifications than I believe I have. You also forget that I am 68 years of age and that I have no desire to be President of the United States. I do not think the time has come for a woman to be President of the United States. It seems to me that before a woman can successfully be President many more public offices must be filled by women and we in this country must have ceased to think of our candidates as men or women but only as people who have the proper qualifications for the job to which we are considering electing them. On the whole I think the Roosevelts have already demonstrated what they can do, and probably will do so many times again, but I do not think it is up to me to demonstrate either the capacities of Roosevelts or women in general. I feel at the present time that a woman could not fill the Presidency successfully because she might not be able to hold a following long enough, and without a loyal following she could accomplish little."

It Seems to Me

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