As a sorority member we are all privy to the facts, secrets, and histories of our sororities. We have ample education about the year we were founded, our colors, or badges, so much more added to our ever-growing arsenal of new member knowledge. Although everyone secretly sees themselves as a Greek Life history buff, here are a few more fun facts we bet you didn’t know yet!
The Phi Bear babes of Alpha Phi were the first to publish a history of their first 50 years. As one of the many sororities who are technically a “fraternity” due their early birth, the history of this determined group of founders serves as a special time for not only Alpha Phis, but also the history of sororities as a whole. The pioneering Phis also were the first women’s fraternity to use Greek letters as its emblem. Other early groups used keys, kites, arrows, and anchors, but these innovative women branded themselves with their everlasting letters.
There are so some pretty accomplished Delta Gams, but did you know that after JFK was assassinated, the lawyer & judge who swore in President LBJ was a Delta Gamma? Another unique and special fun fact about Delta Gamma is they have one male initiated member. His name is George Banta and was also a Phi Delta Theta! George helped expand Delta Gamma into well-recognized colleges and overall helped Delta Gamma have the nationwide presence that they do now!
Gamma Phi Beta
Being the 8th oldest sorority in the country, Gamma Phi Beta is one of the largest sororities and one of the seven founding members of the National Panhellenic Council. In 1892, the word “sorority” was actually specifically coined for Gamma Phi Beta by Dr. Frank Smalley. Another fun fact to add to this group of girls’ list: the first bride to be married at the White House was a Gamma Phi Beta. President Woodrow Wilson’s oldest daughter, Margaret Wilson was happily married to the man of her dreams at the iconic house; what a venue?! The glitz and glam continues for G Phi as their iconic badge was designed by Tiffany & Co. and voted the most beautiful badge by Panhellenic sororities.
Pi Beta Phi
Historically, our trailblazing founders try to start something new and innovative for women when starting womens’ fraternities or sororities, however Pi Phi is the first women’s fraternity to be modeled on the men’s groups. If something works well, why try to fix it, right? Pi Phi was founded as I.C. Sorosis, but as we all know the name was changed to Pi Beta Phi later, in 1888.
Kappa Kappa Gamma
The hospitable and welcoming women of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Pittsburgh were the first to share the house with another sorority – Kappa Alpha Theta in 1965! A little later Kappa became the first sorority to own a museum when the Heritage Museum was opened in 1980. In light of this, Kappa is also the only sorority to own the house of a founder and fully operate two historic museums!
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Actually, Kappa Alpha Theta was the first Greek lettered fraternity known among women.