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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.

A 15-year veteran of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and a member of AJLI’s Governance Committee from 2011 to 2013, Tamara Ashford has made a career in the tricky trade of tax law.

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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.

Out of frustration at the lack of attention and resources from Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Anne McDonald Milling, Past President and Sustainer of the Year of The Junior League of New Orleans, joined with other Louisiana women  affected by Katrina to create a dynamic volunteer advocacy group called Women of the Storm.

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