Junior League

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The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is a non-profit organization of 291 Junior Leagues in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States. Junior Leagues are educational and charitable women's organizations aimed at improving their communities through volunteerism and building their members' civic leadership skills through training. According to its mission, "The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable."


Junior League of New York

The first Junior League, the Junior League for the Promotion of the Settlement Movement (now the Junior League of the City of New York, Inc. also called the New York Junior League) was founded in 1901 in New York City by Mary Harriman Rumsey,[1] daughter of railroad executive Edward H. Harriman. Inspired by a lecture on settlement movements that chronicled the works of social reformers such as Lillian Wald and Jane Addams, Mary organized others to become involved in settlement work. The organization's first project was working at the College Settlement on Rivington Street in New York City’s Lower East Side. The League was soon emulated, and by 1921, 30 Leagues joined to form the national association.

In 1921, after serving as New York City's Junior League president from 1907 to 1910 Dorothy Payne Whitney became the first president of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc., operating as the umbrella organization for all Junior Leagues worldwide. There are currently 291 Leagues in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the UK.[2] The first League outside the United States was in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In 1996, a man called Clark Clementsen tried to join but was denied membership.[3]

Chartered Leagues - Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI)[edit]



Notable League members[edit]

Members listed are not solely a representation of women who have dedicated their time to the Junior League, but rather are or have been associated with the organization. Several have achieved eminence on their own merit apart from this organization.

Membership levels[edit]

Junior League membership is divided into levels: Provisional, Active, Sustainer, and Sustainer Emeritus. Provisional status is reserved for members in their first year of membership, which is dedicated to training. Provisional status is followed by Active membership, then Sustainer status, followed by an option of Sustainer Emeritus status for members who are 80 years or older. Requirements for Active and Sustainer status vary by League.


  1. ^ Anglican Examiner
  2. ^ 2016, 2009. "The Association of Junior Leagues International Civic Leadership Development for Women". www.ajli.org. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ Julia Prodis, "Man Battles Junior League Over Policy of Admitting Only Women", Los Angeles Times, January 28, 1996
  4. ^ http://www.kerristrug.info/charities/
  5. ^ "Ethma Ewing Odum, March 22, 2009". Alexandria Town Talk. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.

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