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Eleanor Roosevelt and the University at Albany


In April 1932, as the spokesperson for then Governor Roosevelt, making her first appearance at the New York State College for Teachers, Eleanor Roosevelt discussed the qualifications of "The Educated Woman." No record of this speech survives. In It Seems To Me, Mrs. Roosevelt addresses the topic of women's education obliquely. She does state (p. 72 ), in response to a question about what ten books would make you an educated person, that learning was a life long pursuit, and not something confined to book learning in school. In It's Up to the Women, (p. 262), Eleanor Roosevelt makes plain her belief that women had a duty to contribute to better the society they lived in. As she states in her conclusion "I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well .... if we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it; we never intentionally left unhappiness where a little effort would have turned it into happiness, and we were more critical of ourselves than we were of others." (Right: State College News, April 22, 1932)

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State College News, April 22, 1932
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Exhibit curated by Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist
Digital Exhibit by Brian Keough, Curator of Manuscripts & Lynn Dorwaldt, Graduate Assistant
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Comments to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives Staff

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