Misquoted, but Still Relevant...

Updated: Feb 15

This may come as a shock to many of you, but Eleanor Roosevelt never said "no one can make you feel inferior with out your consent."

In 1935, The Secretary of Labor was invited to give a speech during the Charter Day Celebration of The University of Berkley.  The usual host of this event was upset because she did not feel that the speech should be given by a political figure, and thus refused to actually host the event. Many in the press felt this was an insult to the Secretary of Labor.

Eleanor Roosevelt was asked during a press conference if she felt that this refusal was a snub to the Secretary of Labor.  The then First Lady was quoted in an associated press article as saying, "A snub is the effort of a person who feels superior to make someone else feel inferior. To do so, he has to find someone who can be made to feel inferior" According to the AP article, Elenore Roosevelt went on to state that she did not feel the Secretary of Labor fell within the category of 'snubable'

Through the many articles written about her response to the question of if the Secretary of Labor was insulted, Mrs. Roosevelt's words were creatively rearranged and simplified.  Thus leaving us with the now 'famous' quote of  "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Which leaves us with No, Elenore Roosevelt never actually said the quote she is famous for.  But that does not mean that the aphorism isn't relevant or correct.  In fact, it is completely true in it's simplified version.

If you stand in your own power, know who you are now, own your past with the knowledge that you did your best with what you knew at the time, you can stand on solid ground and not allow anyone to make you feel inferior.

Stand in your Power today my friends.  ~Becka P.S.  If you are struggling to know your Power, connect with me and I can help guide you  to find your Power and live a life feel of feeling inferior.

Quote of the Week

Elenore Roosevelt - loosely credited

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

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