From a shy, unhappy childhood, she grew up to be known as "The First Lady of the World" because of her world travels and international humanitarian work. As the wife of the President during the Great Depression, she not only performed the duties expected of her, but also used her position to work for reforms to help women, minorities, and poor people across the nation. She traveled throughout the country, serving as the "eyes and ears" of her disabled husband, providing him with important information about the needs and concerns of the American people. Later, she served as a delegate to the United Nations, working tirelessly to pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1961, she was appointed by President Kennedy to chair the U.S. Commission on the Status of Women.