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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.

In this post-election season, it seems appropriate to highlight the accomplishments of Carolyn B. Maloney, the first female Representative to Congress from New York’s 14th District and an advocate for women’s interests. Her accomplishments have included legislation targeting the “demand” side of sex trafficking and providing mammograms to Medicare subscribers, among many others.


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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.

Today’s Ebola crisis in West Africa is reminiscent of the AIDS epidemic. In 1986, at the height of that crisis, The Junior League of Los Angeles bravely endeavored to dispel fear and correct misinformation with a hotline and a speakers bureau. Since that time, Leagues in Montclair-Newark,  San Francisco, Honolulu and Mexico City have continued this important work with childcare centers, halfway houses and comic books.

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