This month we shine a spotlight on the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

One the occasion of Women’s History Month, the Netherlands Embassy in the United States honors humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was married to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was the First Lady during the 12 years he served as President of the United States. Just like her husband, Eleanor Roosevelt had Dutch roots, descending from Dutch immigrants who settled in New Amsterdam (later renamed New York) in the 1640s.

Eleanor Roosevelt advocated tirelessly for social welfare and human rights, including expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.

As chair of the UN human rights commission, she cemented her legacy in 1948 as the driving force of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt bell

Photo by Rob Fritsen/SIRIS

The Netherlands Embassy dedicated one of the new bells of the Netherlands Carillon to Eleanor Roosevelt for her role advocating for social justice and human rights.

The new bell, which will be added to the carillon later on this year, will be on display at the Netherlands Embassy on May 5-9.