In the Year 1910, the Winds of Change Are Blowing…

Given the Junior League’s rich history and its knack for meticulous record-keeping, we thought it would be fun to introduce a new component to Connected. Dubbed “Out of the Archives” and featured in each issue, this article will bring to light significant events in the history of the Junior League and endeavor to explain how they reflect the context of their time.
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A Q&A with Chief Financial Officer Martha Ferry

Those who know her only by her cheerfully pragmatic presentations at Annual Conference or Winter Leadership, might be surprised to learn that AJLI Chief Financial Officer Martha Ferry is an intrepid traveler to some of the world’s more remote locales (the state seals of Burma, Botswana, Libya, and Laos, and many others can be found among the stamps in her passport), an able and adventurous amateur chef who once studied at La Varenne in Paris, and a devotee of alternative theater on New York’s vibrant Off-Broadway scene.
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AJLI Joins Vision 2020 Gender Equality Initiative

In February, AJLI joined the Vision 2020 Gender Equality Initiative, a project of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® at Drexel University’s College of Medicine, which was conceived to stimulate dialogue about women and leadership in advance of the 100th anniversary, in 2020, of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
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Even If Your Kid’s Not a Bully, We Bet She Knows One

It often seems the only time most of us worry about bullying is when it happens to one of our kids – or when something goes deeply wrong with someone else’s kid, as happened recently in South Hadley, MA, where 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself.

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. The Junior Leaguestake this problem seriously. In fact, supporting the welfare of our children has been a central focus across our 109-year-history.

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Happy Mother’s Day from 1 California Legislator & 17 Junior Leagues!

With all of the Mother’s Day flowers and greeting cards, there’s one problem faced by new mothers that’s easy to forget – perinatal depression.

Perinatal depression is a critical health issue for many new mothers. In fact, national studies estimate 1 in 5 women suffer from postpartum depression and related disorders – 80% of whom go undiagnosed and untreated because they are uninsured, underinsured, or lack access to comprehensive health care. There may be as many as 800,000 new cases in the United States each year.

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Junior League of Denver’s Cookbook Earns Mile-High Praise

Elsewhere in cookbook news, The Junior League of Denver’s 2009 cookbook Colorado Classique spent more than 10 weeks on the Denver Post’s best-seller list.

Released last June and priced at $29.95, the cookbook has sold more than 50,000 copies to date, making it the second most successful cookbook in the Denver League’s history after Colorado Colorè, which was published in 2002 and sold approximately 85,000 copies in its first year.

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WASPs and The Junior League? It’s Not What You Think

As anyone familiar with The Junior League knows, it’s got its share of WASPs. But this past week, we applauded the long-awaited recognition of WASPs with a different sting. To coincide with Women’s History Month, the U.S. Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the approximately 300 living members of the original 1,100 Women Airport Service Pilots (WASPs), many of them members of The Junior League, who tested and transported military aircraft between U.S. airbases so that male pilots could conduct combat missions overseas in World War II.
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