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Posted On: Monday, January 6, 2014 10:00 AM, by Amy Hayner Kates
Phoenix Alumnae Chapter members during their fall welcome meeting.
As every member of our Fraternity is taught, Kappa Alpha Theta was founded as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. In creating Kappa Alpha Theta, Bettie, Alice, Bettie, and Hannah were leading the way for women's fraternal groups and for women in higher education.

As individuals and as chapters, Thetas are known for leading in our communities and on our campuses. As a whole, our Fraternity is known as a leading women's group; our ideas and programs have often been on the cutting edge. Although many of our members have been notable in their chosen fields of endeavor, we understand that leader is not a title conferred or an office held.

Recently, four young women at Swarthmore College sought to create a community of sisters by establishing the first women's fraternity on their campus in nearly 80 years. Like Theta's original founders, they persevered in the face of opposition for many months, demonstrating faith, hope, and love, and personifying leading women. The dedication and hard work of Callie Feingold, Olivia Ensign, Christina Obiajulu, and Julia Melin was rewarded last spring when the Alpha Beta Chapter was re-established at Swarthmore.

More than 2,300 miles away, Nicole Scott is dedicated to revitalizing the alumnae chapter in Phoenix, Ariz. Innovative programming has helped to increase membership; at the fall welcome meeting, each attendee completed the sentence "As a leading woman, I am..." Responses were documented on a heart-shaped card, and everyone discussed how they were leading women in their own lives.

Through Kappa Alpha Theta, each of us gains opportunities for friends, experiences, and goals that we might not have had otherwise. Through Kappa Alpha Theta, we are led to personal excellence and empowered to lead others there as well.

What does the phrase leading women mean to you?

Amy Hayner Kates, Alpha Phi/Tulane, is president of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a charter Life Loyal member.