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[19 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | 425 views]
Sandra Day O’Connor – Living a Life of Civic Leadership

It may be difficult for women who weren’t there at the time to understand, but Sandra Day O’Connor’s swearing in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 30 years ago was a very big deal. As the first woman to serve on the Court, during her 25-year tenure she was widely acknowledged as a careful and thoughtful jurist who ruled on many of the most important legal issues of her time.
Even before spending a quarter of a century on the Supreme Court, however, the former Junior …

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[20 Sep 2013 | Comments Off | 317 views]
Does civic leadership start in grade school?

We were surprised and pleased when we saw a news story out of Boise, Idaho the other day about Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court and a former Junior League of Phoenix member and past president.
Since retiring in 2006 after 25 years on the Court, Justice O’Connor has often made her opinion known on a range of issues, including whether some political attacks on the independence of the courts pose a direct threat to the constitutional freedoms of Americans. But in Boise, Justice O’Connor …

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[8 Jan 2013 | Comments Off | 1,006 views]
Actress Mila Kunis to produce series featuring a Junior League member in the turbulent 70s

Last month it was announced that actress Mila Kunis will executive produce a drama entitled “Meridian Hills” for The CW Network that will feature a young, newly married Junior Leaguer as she navigates the turbulence surrounding the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment by Congress.

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[20 Nov 2012 | Comments Off | 625 views]
Who is Ariel Grace Batungbacal?

There may still be a few people who cling to the old stereotype of Junior League members as women of a certain age who wear white gloves and pearls at tea.
If so, they need to take a look at Ariel Grace Batungbacal. That’s Air Force Major Batungbacal, actually, and now White House Fellow Batungbacal!
A member of the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows – a prestigious program that selects 15 people from thousands of applicants to spend a year working as full-time, paid Fellows to senior White House Staff, Cabinet …

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[21 Aug 2012 | Comments Off | 459 views]
Who was the first woman to…?

Well, a lot of them were Junior Leaguers.
Now, just in time for Women’s Equality Day, let’s take a look…

Who was the first U.S. delegate to the United Nations? Eleanor Roosevelt of the Junior League of the City of New York. (Yes, that Eleanor Roosevelt!)
Who was the first head of the first-ever government consumer bureau? Mary Harriman. (Yes, that Mary Harriman!)
Who was the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court? Sandra Day O’Connor of the Junior League of Phoenix.
Who was the first woman to serve in both the U.S. …

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[28 May 2012 | Comments Off | 703 views]

Good question, and one that AJLI Executive Director Susan Danish addressed head-on in a wide-ranging interview with MarketWatch Radio, from The Wall Street Journal.
In the segment – titled “Working Women, Junior League May Be for You” – Susan pointed to what famous League members like former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and former CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in the world, have said about how they applied the training they received as leaders in their Leagues to their professional lives.
But …

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[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | 150 views]
In Memoriam: Jean Webb Vaughan Smith

When Jean Webb Vaughan Smith died in January in Los Angeles, at the age of 93, she was best known to many as a close friend of Nancy and Ronald Reagan and a Washington insider in the Eisenhower and Reagan administrations. Fair on both counts.

But Jean was also a true Junior Leaguer.