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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 292 Leagues in four countries.

Before she began a Junior League of Dallas volunteer assignment at Genesis Women’s Shelter, Jan Langbein wasn’t aware of how pervasive the problem of domestic violence was. After being named the shelter’s executive director, she went on to advise the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women and to speak across the country.

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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.

The Silent Witness National Initiative drew the participation of more than 100 Leagues who organized marches featuring life-sized silhouettes of women who died as a result of domestic violence. Their demonstrations on Capitol Hill and at other state capitols and city halls across the country contributed to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

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