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Women's History Month

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month it feels appropriate to talk about the history of the National Panhellenic Conference. Check out this short video about the founding of women’s fraternities (sororities) and NPC.

From the NPC Manual of Information:

“The National Panhellenic Conference evolved gradually through a cooperative spirit among women’s fraternities (sororities). As early as 1891, Kappa Kappa Gamma invited all Greek-letter women’s collegiate fraternities (sororities) — there were seven at the time — to a meeting in Boston on April 16 and 17. The groups discussed interfraternity courtesy, fraternity (sorority) jewelry and stationery and fraternity/sorority journalism. A second meeting was planned for 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, and although some representatives were there, no records exist of the session.

Early histories of women’s fraternities (sororities) contain accounts of “rushing and pledging agreements” or “compacts” among fraternities (sororities) on various campuses and many stories of cooperation and mutual assistance. However, no actual Panhellenic organization existed and no uniform practices were observed. By 1902, it was obvious that some standards were needed; therefore, Alpha Phi invited Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega to a conference in Chicago on May 24. Although Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega were not able to send delegates to this meeting, the session resulted in the organization of the first interfraternity association and the first intergroup organization on college campuses. (The North-American Interfraternity Conference for men’s fraternities was organized in 1909.) “

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