National History


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority was organized on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven educators: Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Cubena McClure, Bessie M. Downey Rhoades Martin, Vivian White Marbury, Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little and Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson. These ladies banned together to become an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when the Alpha charter was granted to Butler University.

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.

Vision Statement:

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.

Facts about Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Founded: November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana

Classification: Nonprofit Social and Service Organization

Division: 5 Regions – Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Western

Service Channel: Over 500 chapters in the United States, Korea, Canada, the Bahamas, and Africa

Sorority Flower: Yellow Tea Rose

Sorority Mascot: The Poodle

Sorority Colors: Royal Blue and Gold

Greek Letter Symbols: ΣΓΡ