Eleanor Roosevelt, I admire her strength and perseverance to make a difference not only for her country, but for the world. She was a civil and human rights activist as First Lady. She was the first US delegate to the UN from 1945-1952, and she Chaired the Committee to draft and approve the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Wikipedia). I thought I would share a few of her quotes that I find inspiring (via brainyquote.com).
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself.