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Who We Are

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in 291 Leagues in four countries.

In honor of the 168th anniversary of The Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention, Junior League of Philadelphia member, Director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership and founder and president of VISION 2020, Lynn Yeakel, talks about the power of women to change history.

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What We Do

For more than a century, The Junior League has been on the forefront of social reform, identifying problems—pollution, illiteracy, domestic violence, foster children without a safety net—and finding solutions.

Urban open spaces are vital community assets, yet more than 100 million people in U.S. cities live without close-to-home access to a park. Open space has long been important to The Junior League—100 years and counting—beginning with the Junior League of Brooklyn’s work turning vacant lots into playgrounds.

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