40 Stories for 40 Years: Virginia Whitehill

by Emily Roberts | Apr 10, 2018

Virginia Whitehill, an early supporter of The Family Place, was born into the women’s movement. Her mother, Myrtle Bates Bulkley marched for women’s suffrage and raised her daughter to be a strong voice for change. We honored Ginny in 2006 as a Texas Trailblazer for her tireless advocacy for women.

Ginny was instrumental in getting funding for our work. After facing some push back from fellow Junior League of Dallas members when she lobbied for funds, Ginny employed her trademark wit and wisdom.

“I said it wasn’t about women’s rights, it was about fighting crime, and, gosh, maybe it would be good to be safe from crime in your own home,” Ginny said.

Initial funding from the Junior League of Dallas and the National Council of Jewish Women enabled The Family Place to hire our first executive director and legitimized us with other funders. Junior League of Dallas volunteers have been essential to our work ever since.