21 Aug Not Your Mother’s Junior League: The Help
21 August 2011
One of the summer’s hottest movies looks to be The Help, an entertaining screen version of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel.
Because the Junior League – or at least a fictional version of one League in Mississippi – plays a small but important role in the plot, it seems only fair for the Junior League of Rhode Island to give an opinion on the film: We like it. We like it not simply because it is a Hollywood screen depiction of the old school; we like it because it says something about us as human beings … and about how attitudes on race and diversity have changed over the last several decades.
“The Junior League is one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world,” says Petra Jenkins, president of the Junior League of Rhode Island. “And we’ve seen the Junior League of Rhode Island, in particular, make significant and substantial changes since our local chapter was founded in 1921.”
The Junior League of Rhode Island has driven improvements throughout the local community and enjoys a reputation as a thoughtful and influential change agent for the public good. We take this role seriously, donating over 2.2 million hours of service and $20 million (net present value) to assist more than 250 community partners since it was founded 90 years ago. Most recently, the Junior League funded and drove programs for Children’s Friend, Crossroads RI, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Amos House, and the Autism Project.
The Junior League of Rhode Island’s success relies on hard work by more than 200 women and their predecessors throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts; a passionate group of lawyers, doctors, business people, artists, teachers, activists, and mothers. These women bring with them the diverse backgrounds and experience critical to the Junior League’s mantra: “Women building better