What Would Eleanor Do? ‘If You Ask Me’ Revisits Roosevelt’s Advice Columns

“Advice columnist” is not a role that is usually listed under Eleanor Roosevelt’s long list of achievements, but for over 20 years she wrote a popular write-in column, first for Ladies Home Journal and then McCall’s magazine.

Roosevelt wasn’t especially witty or psychologically acute in the role; unlike many of today’s inspirational “life coaches,” Roosevelt didn’t invite her readers to accompany her on extended journeys of introspection.

Indeed, when a questioner wrote in 1944 asking what the president said to her when he proposed, Roosevelt firmly drew the curtains over that intimate subject by replying,

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https://www.npr.org/2018/10/17/658113308/what-would-eleanor-do-if-you-ask-me-revisits-roosevelts-advice-columns

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