My Day

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1939 Air Transport Association advertisement with Eleanor Roosevelt promoting commercial air transportation in the US

My Day was a newspaper column that was written by First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt six days a week from 1935 to 1962. From 1961 until 1962, issues were only published every other day because Roosevelt became too sick to write on her usual schedule.[1] In her column, she discussed issues such as race, women, and key events (Pearl Harbor, Prohibition, H Bomb, etc.). This column allowed Roosevelt to spread her ideas and thoughts to millions of Americans and give them a new view on the issues they faced every day. George T. Bye, Eleanor Roosevelt's literary agent, encouraged her to write the column.[2] With this column, Roosevelt became the first First Lady to write a daily newspaper column.[3] Roosevelt also wrote for Ladies Home Journal, McCall's, and various articles in Vogue and other women's magazines.[4]

The White House Historical Association and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project collaborated on an online representation on some of Roosevelt's best writings with extra insights from Allida M. Black, the director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.[5] The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences[6] works to release digital and print versions of Roosevelt's political writings; it is currently working on transcribing her radio and television appearances.


  1. ^ ""My Day" Column (1935-1962)". The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  2. ^ The Press: First Lady's Home Journal. TIME, Monday, March 8, 1937
  3. ^ Goodwin, Doris Kearns (1994). No Ordinary Time. p. 10. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-80448-4.
  4. ^ "Eleanor Roosevelt". National Women's History Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day"". The White House Historical Association. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  6. ^ "About the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project". Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 June 2017.

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