Self esteem vs dating violence?

In case you missed it, February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1 in 10 teens have been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. As that statistic suggests, teen dating violence is a problem that crosses both… Read More

Did you ever have a mentor?

For most of us, the answer is probably yes. It may have been on your first job. It may have been a teacher in high school. Or it could have a Scout leader…or a neighbor…or a friend. That’s why we are celebrating National Mentoring Month, spearheaded by a great nonprofit organization appropriately called Mentor and… Read More

In Memoriam: The First Friend of the Junior Leagues

Doubtless the most famous friend of Mary Harriman, Eleanor Roosevelt died 53 years ago last month. Her early work with the Junior League of the City of New York helped the shy young woman find her voice, and the work she and other early League members did in the intense poverty of the settlement houses… Read More

Sometimes doing good can be really fun!

How do you break through the holiday clutter and still get people to donate to your worthy cause? And how do you use holiday events to raise awareness of your organization’s mission and brand during the busiest time of the year? Well, we all know about The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program (launched in San… Read More

In Canada, remembering what women did in WWII

History is made in a lot of different ways, and often by people whose names we will never know. This is a story about one Canadian woman—now almost 93—who participated in the making of history during the dark days of World War II as well as what is being done now, some 70 years later,… Read More

Junior League Magazine Archives Hit the Ivy League!

Harvard Here We Come! Through an exciting partnership with the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is housed at Radcliffe College at Harvard University, The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) are able to make seven decades of The Junior League Magazine available online. Widely considered to be… Read More

Who was Mary Harriman? Part 2.

When Mary Harriman graduated from Barnard College in 1905 her work with the New York Junior League continued, and in 1909 she founded a sanitarium for Brooklyn’s “consumptives,” an early term for tuberculosis, which often afflicted the poor living in tenement housing. But that same year brought the death of Mary’s father, E. H. Harriman,… Read More

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

In case you missed it, President Obama again proclaimed September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. And you probably did miss it, as the media seem to have moved on from their earlier focus on the problem – but that doesn’t mean this health epidemic has gone away! While there have been some positive signs… Read More

Who was Mary Harriman? Part 1.

Mary Harriman was determined to be more than a debutante. Although born into a family of great privilege, the path she took was quite different from that which was expected of a member of one of New York City’s wealthiest and most powerful families. But as the oldest and favorite child of E.H. Harriman –… Read More