7 Things Southern Girls Must Do: Join the Junior League


This series will cover seven essentials every Southern girl must do to earn her keep. While we don’t much care for rules, we do believe there are certain things one simply must do in order to call oneself a true Southern girl. Here’s one.

Every Southern girl must join the Junior League. And by Junior League, I’m talking about any organization of women. Personally, I’m partial to the Junior League, but feel free to replace “Junior League” with your organization of choice. There are several reasons you need to choose a women’s organization and stick with it. Here are just a few.

Doing Good

Let’s address the charitable purpose of your chosen organization first. Whether it’s a school, faith, community group, or a health-related cause, there are obvious benefits to contributing your time and talents to make the world a better place. Doing this as part of a group gives you some accountability to actually follow through on all your good intentions.

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Cultivating Useful Skills

Shoot me if I ever have to run a silent auction, but there are certainly skills to be learned by organizing fundraisers, pitching your case to supporters, and presiding over committee meetings that, let’s be honest, may or may not devolve into middle school behavior without a strong leader. Leadership–that’s probably the most valuable skill you’ll learn when you step into a women’s organization.

Making Amazing Friendships

There’s nothing like a common goal to bond a group of people together. Forget those silly corporate ropes courses and trendy team building games. Gather a group of women on a Saturday afternoon to scrub a shelter for abused children and you really figure out who your friends are. (Hint: Ones is the girl who offers you one or both of her rubber gloves.)

Having an Excuse to Drink Wine on a Tuesday

This one doesn’t apply to ALL women’s organizations, of course. In my experience, the ladies of the Junior League are no strangers to the pre-meeting glass of Chardonnay. And hey, if there’s also a post-meeting trip to the bar, all the better. If you don’t care for alcohol, don’t worry. The real point here is that regular meeting with your women’s group of choice give you the opportunity, the obligation, to get together with your girlfriends on a regular basis and do some good in the process.