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1921 Esther LapeNurses FDR after he is stricken with polio
 
Defying Sara, encourages his ambition to return to public life
 
Mobilizes Dutchess County Democratic women
 
Supports the World Court
 
Meets Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read
 
Writes "Common Sense Versus Party Regularity," her first article
1922 FDR and ER at Hyde Park, 1922Joins the Women's Trade Union League and works closely with WTUL activists Rose Schneiderman and Maud Swartz

Joins the Women's Division of the Democratic State Committee and begins association with Democratic activists Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook�

Leads Dutchess County delegation to state Democratic convention�

Campaigns for Al Smith; denounces N.Y. Republican Gov. Nathan Miller as a reactionary

Fails to get Resolutions Committee of national Democratic convention to arrange hearings on child labor amendment
1923 ER and Esther Lape, Washington, DC,1924With Esther Lape organizes and co-chairs Bok Peace Prize Committee

Writes "Why I Am a Democrat"
1924 [photo: ER's 'teapot' campaign party]Organizes Democratic women across New York state

Spearheads successful fight against Tammany Hall when bosses reject slate of women delegates chosen by women's committee

Leads women's delegation to the state Democratic convention and chairs women's platform committee

Joins Women's City Club and is elected to Board of Directors

Lobbies for equal pay for women and child labor amendment

Campaigns against Republican gubernatorial candidate, her cousin Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., linking him to Teapot Dome scandal

Organizes Democratic women to support Al Smith in his successful bid for governor

FBI begins file on ER

1925 ER at Val-Kill furniture factoryBuilds Val-Kill Cottage in Hyde Park with Dickerman, Cook, and Caroline O'Day

Co-founds the Val-Kill furniture factory with Dickerman and Cook

Testifies before state legislature on shorter hours for women and child workers

Makes radio debut promoting Women's City Club agenda

Becomes editor of Women's Democratic News
1926 ER, Cook and Dickerman at Campobello, 1926Purchases (with Dickerman and Cook) The Todhunter School for Girls where she teaches history and government

Pickets with WTUL and is charged with disorderly conduct

Fights for child labor amendment and safe housing

Chairs Women's City Club legislative committee

Campaigns for Robert Wagner for U.S. Senate

Begins statewide lecture tour (which will last in various purviews until 1962)
1927 Mary McLeod BethuneBegins lifelong with friendship Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights activist

Hosts meeting in support of Kellogg-Briand Treaty

Begins working with women peace activists and Carrie Chapman Catt

Writes "What I Want Out of Life"
1928 [photo: ER's article 'Women Must Learn to Play the Game...']With Molly Dewson, directs Bureau of Women's Activities, Democratic National Committee

Heads women's activities for Al Smith presidential campaign

 Helps Al Smith convince FDR to run for governor

Helps secure Frances Perkins' appointment as New York state commissioner of industrial relations

Resigns Women's City Club and other political positions after FDR becomes governor, but agrees to speak for Club on "Women in Politics" aired over NBC radio

Writes "Women Must Learn to Play the Game as Men Do"

1929 FDR NY Governor Inauguration (with ER and Sara Delano Roosevelt), 1929Becomes first lady of New York
Convinces FDR not to retain Al Smith's aides Belle Moskowitz and Bob Moses

Earl Miller becomes her bodyguard after she refuses secret service protection

Hires Malvina (Tommy) Thompson to be her secretary, a position Tommy will hold until her death in 1953�

Divides her time between Todhunter, the state capitol, and party activism

Collaborates closely with Louis Howe

Begins inspecting state institutions

Stock market crashes

Resigns from Women's Democratic News but continues, covertly, as editor
1930 [photo: ER in 1930]Defends David Dubinsky and supports ILGWU strike against Fifth avenue dressmakers

Acts as WTUL surrogate in Albany on legislation supporting five day work week

Convinces FDR to overhaul Public Employment Service
1931 [photo: ER with Frances Perkins and Percy Pennypacker]FDR decides to run for President

Co-coordinates Women's Division activities for Friends of Roosevelt

Helps prepare campaign biographies of FDR

Expands lecture tour from New England to South and West

Writes "Building Character"

1932 Acts as liaison between Farley and Howe, mediating campaign staff rivalries

Democrats nominate FDR for President

Crisscrosses state campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Herbert Lehman and does some national campaigning for FDR

FDR wins presidential election

States she will not be a symbol of elegance but rather "plain, ordinary Mrs. Roosevelt"

Tells press that if she had not been married to FDR that she would have voted for Norman Thomas

[photo: Lorena Hickok] Begins lifelong friendship with journalist Lorena Hickok

Delivers twelve radio commentaries for commercial radio

Writes "Ten Rules for Success in Marriage," and When You Grow Up to Vote

Edits Hunting Big Game in the Eighties: The Letters of Elliott Roosevelt, Sportsman and the magazine "Babies, Just Babies"