Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

A prominent twentieth century feminist and human rights figure, Eleanor Roosevelt’s sexuality was known around the white house, but largely kept under wraps to the public. An early example of very public bisexuality, Roosevelt was known to have sexual relationships with men and women while being married to Franklin.

Eleanor “fell madly in love” with Lorena Hickok when the two met. Hickok was working as a journalist for the Associated Press, and the two quickly fell in love, exchanging a breadth of letters that document their relationship. While reading their letters, think about how two upper class women experience a relationship and how it compares to the experience of Ruth Fuller Field? What visibility and acceptance do their statues allow them?