The League Builds Leaders

When I returned to my hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana in 2004 I searched for organizations that would allow me to be a part of community service, receive professional development and meet other lady leaders. I joined the Junior League of Lafayette just months later and today remain an active member.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know my love for the League led me to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the parent organization, The Association of Junior Leagues International. The AJLI Board governs about 135,000 members in nearly 300 chapters in four countries.

Among the ranks of our members are the most inspiring women that you will ever meet who are true #Firestarters. In fact, so that FIVE will be sworn in today as members of Congress.

Here is a recent blog article from 1901, the official AJLI blog that congratulates these members who are a part of the most diverse body in our nation’s history.

League Members Make History

An election season defined by record numbers of women running for public office ended with a record number of women set to serve in office in the United States. When the 116th Congress is sworn in next January, it will include the largest number of women lawmakers in the history of our country with more than 100 women members, including 32 new members.

And we are proud to announce that five of the women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in the upcoming session are members of The Junior League. In the upcoming weeks, we will be featuring each of those members on our website and digital properties. In bringing these lawmakers to your attention, we hope to help you start learning more about these women who have earned their place in our country’s history.

We also hope that these stories also will serve as a reminder of The Junior League’s critical role in building women leaders—the leaders in their homes, in their communities and in their country. While this remarkable moment in American history does not begin with The Junior League, it is clear that you cannot completely understand this moment without considering The Junior League.

Click here to learn about these fabulous five Congressional Members.

*This was reposted from 1901 with the permission of The Association of Junior Leagues International

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