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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 125,000 women in over 290 Leagues in four countries.

The 2020 Mary Harriman Award recipient, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, is a woman whose calling in life is service, and she has made deep and lasting impacts on the lives of countless North Carolinians throughout her career. Chief Justice Beasley is the kind of leader we all strive to be, genuinely caring for others and graciously balancing her roles as a public servant, wife, mother, friend and volunteer.

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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.

“We have the responsibility to act, and we have the opportunity to conscientiously act to affect the environment about us.” That was how Mary Harriman described the mission of The Junior League more than 100 years ago. 19/01, our editorial platform, aspires to capture how the organization and its members breathe life into Mary’s sentiment today.

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