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Happy 129th Birthday, Mary!

You know her as the founder of The Junior League. And it’s a remarkable story. At 19, a young New York debutante, daughter of one of the richest men in America, mobilizes a group of 80 other young women, hence the name “Junior” League, to work to improve child health, nutrition and literacy among poor immigrants living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
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Girl…How Things Have Changed!

Eleven decades ago, when Mary Harriman and her fellow Junior Leaguers wanted to communicate, they likely sent a telegram or picked up a telephone receiver and asked an operator to dial an alpha-numeric code — “Murray Hill 2977” was the code at the New York City office in 1914 — over a crackly line. That is, if they weren’t dispatching a manservant to hand-deliver a handwritten note on parchment sealed with wax.
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Empty Backpacks on the First Day of School?

Back-to-school inevitably brings a bit of anxiety for both parent and child. For the kid, summer’s almost over. For the parents (let’s face it, usually the mom) there’s the stress of shopping for back-to-school supplies.

So in a perfect world, Junior Leagues wouldn’t have back-to-school programs because every kid would have parents who can buy a backpack’s worth of school supplies.

But this isn’t a perfect world.

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