American University of Beirut

The Women's League

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Membership eligibility

Women who reside in Lebanon and are interested in the objectives of the League are eligible for membership.

Today the League is an active club which has monthly general meetings held in West Hall on the first Monday of the month from October through May.  Every month a speaker is invited to the general meeting to speak about a current issue of interest, often about:

  • art
  • history
  • architecture
  • social issues, etc.

We end our season with an annual Garden Party at Marquand House in early June.  Our on-going activities include the following:

  • monthly picnic that is a full day educational trip in Lebanon
  • lunches
  • movie club
  • yoga
  • monthly general meetings 

Currently we are adding new interest groups. 

At the end of each season the content of the League's treasury is donated to a needy handicapped student at AUB.​

​History and Objectives

The Women's League  was founded in 1919 by a group of eight women from the American University of Beirut: 

  • Mrs. Harrold Close
  • Mrs. Mary Bliss Dale
  • Mrs. Harris Graham
  • Miss Margaret Bliss
  • Mrs. Edward Nickoley
  • Mrs. Laurens Seeyle
  • Mrs. Edwin St. John Ward
  • Mrs. David Zimmerman
Their initial concern was to meet Lebanese women and provide a network for women in Beirut to get together and discuss common concerns. 

The objective of the League is to promote broad acquaintance among women of all nationalities and to maintain a forum with leaders in matters of:

  • public importance
  • civic interest
  • educational concerns
  • cultural interest​​

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