Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Roosevelt, was a key figure in several of the most important social reform movements of the twentieth century: the Progressive movement, the New Deal, and the Women’s Movement. Franklin and Eleanor’s son, James Roosevelt, founded the National Committee in 1982 and in doing so launched one of the most formidable national organizations responsible for protecting earned Social Security and Medicare benefits for American workers, retirees and their families.
It is the National Committee’s Roosevelt heritage and in the spirit of Eleanor’s work on women’s and social issues that our initiative honors her name. We believe that if she were alive today, Eleanor would be leading efforts to achieve parity in Social Security benefits, along with fighting for income equality, and caregiver credits in Social Security for women who leave the workforce to raise a family or care for their aging relatives. With our team of lobbyists, our effective petition and letter writing campaigns, strong social media influence and progressive efforts such as our Boost Social Security Now campaign, the “Eleanor’s Hope” initiative will communicate, educate and advocate on each of these critical women’s issues.