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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.

Missouri State Senator Elizabeth (Betty) Sims is a champion of women and children’s health and well-being. She has lent her support and advocacy to initiatives such as the formation of the Governor’s Women’s Health Initiative, the Office on Women’s Health, and MC+ for Kids Children’s Health Insurance Program. Also, she has chaired the Aging, Families and Mental Health Committee.

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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.

Frustrated by a lack of federal resources and attention in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a group of gutsy women, led by Junior League of New Orleans member Anne McDonald Milling, forms a dynamic volunteer advocacy organization called Women of the Storm. They successfully take on Washington with the goal of securing the funding and expertise to restore the livelihood of their city.

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