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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven school teachers on the campus of Butler University.


These Seven Magnificent Women were:

Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little

Dorothy Hanley Whiteside

Vivian White Marbury

Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson

Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford

Bessie M. Downey Rhoades Martin

Cubena McClure


Sigma Gamma Rho was the first sorority of Black Women on a campus that is not a Historically Black College/University. The group became an incorporated collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha Chapter at Butler University. From that cold day in November, Sigma Gamma Rho has progressively evolved into a thriving sisterhood that comprises more than 75,000 college-trained women in more than 400 chapters across the United States, Virgin Islands, Africa, Germany, and the Bahamas.


In keeping with the ideals of Sigma Gamma Rho, the sorority has supported the following organizations: NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, National Pan Hellenic Group, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Urban League, National Mental Health Association, United Negro College Fund, Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change and Black Women's Agenda.


Soaring to greater heights around the world the women of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. continue their mission of Service, Sisterhood, and Scholarship. Wherever you find a group of Sigmas note that their leaving their mark of service throughout the community.


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.

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.

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