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Fraternity Blog

Posted On: Monday, April 18, 2016 08:27 AM, by Lisa Gebken Thibault

Kudos to the Kappa Alpha Theta members at Columbia for making it to the pages of the Sunday (April 10) issue of The New York Times. The title of the article was "When a Feminist Pledges a Sorority" as if that was a new concept. In fact, there is a strong foundation of feminists creating and joining sororities. I would argue that women's empowerment and sororities is nothing new. Throughout the history of sororities* one can find women who have been trailblazers and pioneers in their fields. Of course, for one who does not wish to believe this no amount of proof will be sufficient.


Sisterhood has really never gone out of style and it has been a cornerstone of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) organizations since the beginning.


I offer ten women whom most anti-sorority people would never believe belonged to a sorority. (*I know all too well that although the organizations are colloquially called sororities, the majority of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference groups are officially women's fraternities or fraternities for women). These ten women were from a "top of my head" list. There are scores of others who belong on this list.


View the list on Fran's blog, "Focus on Fraternity History & More."


Special thanks to Fran for sharing her blog with us! Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Fran Becque, a member of Pi Beta Phi, writes, speaks, and blogs on the history of Greek-letter organizations. Fran’s dissertation, "Coeducation and the history of women's fraternities, 1867-1902," chronicles the growth of the seven founding NPC groups.