Fraternity and Sorority system exist in colleges and universities around the world. Its purpose is to promote community service, leadership, and academic accomplishment. Sororities are founded by women at colleges and universities as an educational integration for its members.
Each sorority or group is governed by rules of the National Panhellenic Conference. America’s 10 famous sororities are listed below.
10- Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Delta Pi was founded by Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Williams Mitchell, Sophronia Woodruff Dews, Octavia Andrew Rush, Mary Evans Glass, and Ella Pierce Turnerat Wesleyan College on May 15 1851.
Wesleyan College is the world’s first women college, the first qualified to grant degrees to women. The sorority is also known as ADPi which has 142 chapters, two of that is active in British Columbia and Manitoba Canada. The sorority’s colors are azure and white and the official flower is woodland violet, its motto is “We Live For Each Other”. Famous Alumnae is Kate Capshaw (Steven Spielberg’s wife).
9- Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta- KD was the first sorority founded on October 23 1897 at State Female Normal School, now Longwood University. Its colors are olive green and pearl white and the official flower is white rose. It has 143 chapters with over 200,000 members.
KD’s founders were Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendricks, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson and Sara Turner White. Its motto is “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest”.
Annually the group holds events to raise money for philanthropic causes, it supports Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. One of its notable members is scientist and NASA astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar.
8- Delta Gamma
Delta Gamma is one of the largest and oldest founded sororities in the Us and Canada. It was founded on December 25th, 1873 at Lewis School for Girls, by Mary Comfort Leonard, Eva Webb Dodd, and Anna Boyd Ellington.
Its colors are bronze, pink, and blue, the official flower is cream colored rose and the official symbol is the anchor. DG has 147 chapters worldwide and over 200,000 members, its motto is “Do good”. Famous alumni are Kelly Ayotte a junior United States senator from New Hampshire, and actress/mode/host Samantha Harris.
7- Alpha Phi
Alpha Phi was founded on October 10, 1872 at Syracuse University in New York. Its founders were Martha Emily Foote Crow, Rena A. Michaels Atchison, Clara Bradley Baker Wheeler Burdette, Jane Sara Higham, Florence Chidester Lukens, Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton, Clara Sittser Williams, Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert, Louise Viola Shepard Hancock, and Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults.
These are 10 of only 20 ladies who were enrolled in Syracuse back then. Alpha Phi’s official colors are bordeaux and silver, its official flowers are lily of the valley & forget me not. AP has 152 chapters with over 200,000 members and its public motto is “Union hand in hand”.
Notable Alpha Phi alumnus is Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times feature writer and reporter Nan C. Robertson.
6-Zeta Tau Alpha
Zeta Tau Alpha was founded on October 15, 1898 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Zeta Tau Alpha is part of the “Farmville Four” of the National Panhellenic Conference with four sororities founded at the same school, these are Alpha Sigma Alpha (1901), Kappa Delta (1897), Sigma Sigma Sigma (1898), and Zeta Tau Alpha (1898).
Zeta Tau Alpha’s official colors are turquoise and steel gray, its official flower is white violet There are 248 ZTA chapters, 162 are active and 239 alumnae chapters. Its public motto is “Seek the Noblest” Famous alumnus is Susan Ford Bales, the daughter of Gerald Ford ( the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977).
5- Delta Zeta
Delta Zeta was founded on October 24th, 1902 at Miami University, Oxford, OH. The group was founded on the same year that the school first accepted students. DZ’s official colors are rose and green and official stone is diamond.
Its official flowers are pink killarney rose and has 158 collegiate chapters in the US and one in Ontario Canada. Notable individuals include Maurine Neuberger former US senator, costumer designer and academy awards winner Edith Head.
Delta Zeta is committed to philanthropic causes and had raised funds for Gallaudet University and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
4- Kappa Alpha Theta
Also known as Theta, a women’s fraternity founded on January 27 1870 at DePauw University. The sorority has 135 chapter with over 230,000 members in the Us and Canada. It was founded by Four women, Elizabeth McReynolds Locke Hamilton (Bettie Locke), Alice Olive Allen Brant (Alice Allen), Elizabeth Tipton Lindsey (Bettie Tipton), and Hannah Virginia Fitch Shaw (Hannah Fitch).
It was founded in a male-dominated university as a support group for females in the university. The group’s official colors are black and gold, and its official flower is black and gold pansy. Some of the famous Thetans are Grammy -award winners and both singers, Sheryl Crow and Amy Grant, and actress Jennifer Jones.
3- Gamma Phi Beta
Gamma Phi Beta was founded at Syracuse University, New York on November 11th, 1874. It was founded back in 1870’s when colleges only admitted few women, its founders were Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E.
Adeline Curtis and Mary A. Bingham. GPB has initiated more than 190,000 members at 179 charters across United States and Canada. Its official colors are brown and mode, official flower is pink carnation and its official symbol is crescent moon.
The group had participated in several community service and philanthropies. Personalities include Meagan Holder of ABC’s series Make It or Break It, CBS actress Hope Summers and NASA astronaut Laurel Clark, among many others.
2- Chi Omega
Chi Omega is the largest member of the National Panhellenic Conference founded on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas, national headquartered in Memphis TN. The group has 175 active chapters founded by Ina May Boles, Jean Vincenheller, Jobelle Holcombe, and Alice Simonds, with the help of Dr. Charles Richardson. Its official colors are cardinal and straw, official flower is white carnation, official jewel is pearl and diamond and its official symbols are the skull and crossbones.
Notable alumnae include Preside and CFO of Oracle Corp. Safra A. Catz, Elementary star Lucy Liu, United States Senator from Kansas Blanche Lincoln, and Susan J. Helms- NASA astronaut and the first woman to live on the International Space Station.
1- Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi is an International ladies fraternity founded on January 2 1897 at Barnard College in New York. Its founders were Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullan, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, and Jessie Wallace Hughan.
It has 198 collegiate chapters across United States and Canada and 320 alumnae chapters. It is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Its official color is cardinal, official flower acqueminot Rose.
AOP’s public motto is “One Motto, One Badge, One Bond, and Singleness of Heart”. The group is active in philanthropic causes and supports the Arthritis Research.