Eleanor Speaks of Human Rights
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt speaks on human rights. Part of the discussion focuses on compulsory school attendance, the increase of expenditures on students, and the reduction of infant mortality. She mentions these things to illustrate that it takes a long time to realize improvement in social, economic, and cultural arenas. However, Roosevelt points out, civil and political rights are anticipated to be effectuated promptly. She cites three other differences between the two categories of provisions, including that improvement of civil and political rights is different from that of cultural, social, and economic rights in that the former can be achieved solely through the passing and enforcement of legislation, while the latter requires private as well as public action. Roosevelt says that the differences between the types of provisions call for two covenants of equal importance to be completed in the United Nations simultaneously. Together these covenants would provide for the improvement of the whole of human rights.