how it started...
SEVEN YOUNG WOMEN, ONE UNITED VISION
Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven educators.
Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin and Cubena McClure came together to create an organization that would change the world.
From the very beginning, Sigma Gamma Rho was focused on two things: service and education. This is exemplified both in the sorority’s original motto, “Not for ourselves, but for others,” as well as its current guiding principle, “GREATER SERVICE, GREATER PROGRESS.”
As a leading International Service organization, Sigma Gamma Rho has always met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.
Sigma Gamma Rho has welcomed more than 100,000 collegiate and professional women from every profession. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, South Korea, U.S. Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, West Africa, and Belize. The organization also has active affiliate groups devoted to empowering women at different stages in life. The Rhoer Club Affiliates (teenage girls), Rhosebuds (young girls), and Philos Affiliates (friends of the sorority) also assist alumnae chapters with various service efforts and programs.
how it's going...
From seven young educators to an international service organization, here are some quick facts about Sigma Gamma Rho.
ROYAL BLUE AND GOLD
GREATER SERVICE, GREATER PROGRESS
NOVEMBER 12, 1922 AT BUTLER UNIVERSITY
YELLOW TEA ROSE
We visualize a world in
which all women and their
families reach their full
potential in all aspects of life
and are able to create unlimited
opportunities for future generations.