I have adored Eleanor Roosevelt for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, I think my admiration began simply because we share the same birthday – October 11th. But the more I learned about her, the more I realized what a visionary she was. Way ahead of her time. Growing up, she was called an ugly duckling, which breaks my heart because she brought so much beauty to the world.

I just ran across this piece she wrote in 1933. It was women like her who opened doors and changed minds so that women like me can do anything we want today.

“We have come to a place where success cannot be measured by the old standard. Just to make money is no gauge anymore of success. A man may not be able to make as much as his wife, may not be able to make enough to support his family, and yet he may be a success. He may have learned to be happy and to give happiness, too, in striving for things which are not material.

A painter may do his best work and yet not be able to sell it, but he is nonetheless a success. You may make your home a success and spend one-tenth of what you spent last year. Bread and cheese cheerfully eaten and shared with other congenial souls may bring a larger return on the investment than do the four- or five-course dinners of a year ago. There is no doubt that we women must lead the way in setting new standards of what is really valuable in life.”

Beauty Tip: Historically, who’s your favorite female role model? If you don’t have one, get one – because they left their mark on the world yesterday to inspire all of us to do the same today.