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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 155,000 women in 293 Leagues in four countries.

In 1928, Ruth Sears Baker Pratt became the first woman to be elected to Congress from New York. She represented Manhattan's wealthy "Silk Stocking" district and focused on national parks and public works. She championed the repeal of Prohibition and served on what became the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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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.

To combat Mexico City's massive waste disposable problem, in 1995 The Junior League developed a multi-faceted program incorporating students, government agencies and other community partners. Nine years later 25 million cartons had been collected, legislation had passed that mandated sorting and separating prior to collection and the system was replicated in other cities across the country.



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