National Herstory

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Martin and Cubena McClure.


The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University. Soaring To Greater Heights Of Attainment Around The World, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.


Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority, Inc. Alpha Chapter,
Butler University, 1924

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Sorority Quick Facts

Northeast Region Sorors at the 2015 Midwinter Conference

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Established: Nov. 12, 1922 at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana


Classification: Nonprofit service and social organization


Membership: 85,000+


Division: Five Regions – Central, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Western


Service Channel: Over 500 chapters in the U.S., Bermuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany and Korea


Sorority Flower: The yellow tea rose.


Sorority Mascot: The Poodle.


Sorority Colors: Royal blue and gold.