Founders Day marks the day when Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis and Mary A. Bingham came together and built something that stood for Love, Labor, Learning and Loyalty. Today, it is known as Gamma Phi Beta. The road was not an easy one for our Founders as they created the organization that would coin the term “sorority.”
Today, women are able to pursue any field of study they choose. In the time that Gamma Phi Beta was founded, things were different. Women were barely allowed on the same campuses as men and were expected to find majors that would improve their domestic skills. They were segregated from their male classmates in lecture halls and were barred from certain classes all together. In such a hostile environment, four strong and courageous women decided to band together to create a refuge and support system that lives on to this day. With this, an enduring friendship and our guiding principles were created.
Gamma Phi Beta is special in that it brings together women who value the highest type of womanhood, and allows them to help each other improve and grow. Sometimes that means celebrating with someone on the best day of their life, or comforting them after the worst and sometimes it means challenging them to become greater than they ever thought they could be. Today, women enjoy the right to choose our own path, something which should not be taken for granted. As Gamma Phi Betas, we also get to experience sisterhood, friendship and support, all thanks to a group of four friends 143 years ago.
Keep on celebrating by using the Founders Day hashtag #EnduringFriendships on social media this week and see which Founder you are with our quiz!
Maria Mosman (Idaho): Maria is a sophomore studying journalism with a minor in marketing at the University of Idaho. She is currently serving as the collegiate alumnae relations chair for Xi Chapter in Moscow, Idaho and loves drawing, reading and participating in intramurals. She is forever grateful for the opportunities, friendships and memories Gamma Phi has given her, and she looks forward to getting more involved in the organization as her time in Gamma Phi Beta continues.