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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 140,000 women in 291 Leagues in four countries.

The 2019  Mary Harriman Award recipient, Senator Margaret Rose Henry, a paragon of public service for more than 30 years, displayed the fearless determination, trailblazing spirit and undeniable community impact reflective of Mary Harriman herself.

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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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