Happy birthday Mary Harriman

Happy Birthday Mary Harriman

On what would have been her 133rd birthday, the NYJL wishes Mary Harriman, our founder, a happy birthday. At the age of 19, Mary was moved by the deprivation she saw in New York City and encouraged 80 young women to volunteer in the settlement houses on the Lower East Side. In 1901, Mary formed the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements – the first Junior League, and now known as The New York Junior League. 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 292 Leagues in four countries. All are united and affiliated under the Association of Junior Leagues International.

“Our League, as I see it, was organized as a means of expressing the feelings of social responsibility for conditions which surround us.” – Mary Harriman

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the New York Junior League.

We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.

New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212.288.6220 | Fax: 646.390.6047 | Email: info@nyjl.org

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