Eleanor Roosevelt was a historical leader as first lady standing by her husband, former President Franklin Roosevelt. She made history by demonstrating her opinions in radio broadcasts, holding press conferences, and giving lectures. The first lady demonstrated true leadership by paving the way for women to have a voice in politics.
A political leader in today’s society is Oprah Winfrey. She is a role model to women across the country as she televises her opinions in a daily talk show. Her leadership style is similar to Eleanor Roosevelt in that she is not afraid to demonstrate her opinions in an effort to reach as many people as possible. In the recent presidential election, she shared her endorsement for president-elect Barack Obama during her talk show. Being called the most influential woman in the world, she created a buzz for his campaign.
If Eleanor Roosevelt were a leader in present day 2010, she would be praised for her leadership style. It is common for women to share their opinions in public and more particularly for the first lady of The United States to have the opportunity to do so by holding press conferences and giving lectures. Today, people respect the first lady, which encourages leadership among women in The United States.
In contrast, Oprah Winfrey would have been disrespected in the 1930’s not only by speaking out as a woman but because she was black. Although her opinions would be meaningful and influential, they would not be acknowledged because of the time. Regardless of her leadership style, she would have not received the same respect as she does today because she was a black woman.