International History

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated is the first sorority organized on a predominately white college campus by and for African American women who were educators . Over its 97 years, the sorority has expanded to become an organization of diverse ethnicities, career fields, and backgrounds.

Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on November 12, 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young and driven 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.

Sigma Gamma Rho is a non-profit & social organization with over 500 chapter s & 85,000+ members in the United States, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Germany and Korea.

Sigma Gamma Rho is committed to improving the quality of life for its members and the society it serves, offering women from a variety of professions the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities and talents through sisterhood, scholarship, and service.