Eleanor Roosevelt, Chairman of the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human rights

Formally adopted on December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of HUman Rights was drafted by the United Nations General Assembly to be a "standard of achievement" which all nations should aspire towards in ensuring that all peoples are granted the unalienable rights which they are afforded as human beings. The drafting of the Declaration was tasked to the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1947, and then President Truman appointed former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to serve as a delegate on the Commission due to her experience as First Lady during World War Two. Roosevelt, despite being neither a scholar or a politician, became a critical member of the Commission, remembered for her drive to remove the drafting of the document from the post-war political climes of the late 1940s and to ensure that the document extended assurances of rights to all populations, particularly minorities, women, and children. 

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