Who We Are

An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman

Val-Kill is where I used to find myself and grow. At Val-Kill, I emerged as an individual. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was an extraordinary ordinary woman. She emerged from an unhappy childhood—overcoming personal and family problems—to become one of the greatest global leaders of the 20th century.

As Chair of the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights, she was instrumental in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was a prolific writer, entrepreneur, human and civil rights activist, humanitarian, teacher and First Lady of the United States of America.

An extraordinary leader, she:

  • Embraced the equality of every human spirit regardless of age, race, disability, color, gender, humble station, political or religious affiliation
  • Made each person feel a part of the circle
  • Was solution driven and seldom saw problems as irreversible
  • Was concerned for all people
  • Led with compassion, conviction and courage

This life always seems to me to be a continuing process of education and development. What we are preparing for, none of us can be sure. But, that we must do our best while we are here and develop all our capacities is absolutely certain. We face whatever we have to face in this life. And if we do it bravely and sincerely, we’re probably accomplishing that growth which we were put here to accomplish. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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