Born in New York City in October 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt is remembered more for her role as first lady than her marriage to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was deeply committed to social reform and instrumental in the creation of the New Deal Social Welfare Program. She was the first woman to speak in front of a national convention, to write a syndicated column, to earn money as a lecturer, to be a radio commentator and to hold regular press conferences. During World War II, she helped found Unicef and established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Roosevelt was named chairman of the Human Rights Commission and, at the age of 61, was asked to serve as a delegate to the first meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations.