On this day 147 years ago, Kappa Alpha Theta became the first Greek letter fraternity known among women. Since then, women from all over the country have been able to experience this incredible sisterhood and understand what it really means to be a Theta.
On Wednesday, our chapter invited alumnae to have dinner with us and share some stories about their time in Theta and the impact this organization has had on them. Among the women who joined us was a chapter advisor, a Theta Foundation member, and even an alumna from a Kappa Alpha Theta chapter in Maryland. Overall, the dinner was very successful and reminded us about the lasting impact Kappa Alpha Theta will have on our lives.
As we celebrate this Founders Day, it is important that we remember the adversity our founders had to face in order for them to establish Kappa Alpha Theta. Here is a quote from Tamara Hansen, an educational leadership consultant from the Gamma Chi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta:
“How lucky are we to belong to a sisterhood of women that has not just lasted but thrived for the past 147 years? I often think about the strength, determination, and resilience of our four founders on that long-ago 27th day of January in Greencastle, Indiana. At a time when college was not a place where women were welcomed, these four leading women, wearing their badges, walked proudly through the doors of the Asbury chapel despite the male students who scoffed at and mocked them. Imagine the fortitude and passion of women who had to fight for the right to an education, not only for themselves but for all who would come after them.
“Founders Day is a time to remember that belonging to Kappa Alpha Theta is truly an honor and a privilege. It is a time to be grateful for our ability to receive a college education and have a place to call home; women to call our sisters; and an organization to empower us to be our best selves academically, morally, and socially.
“In my time traveling as an educational leadership consultant (ELC), I have been inspired by the quality and accomplishments of the women who represent Kappa Alpha Theta. Every Theta I come to know reminds me that I am honored to be a part of such a remarkable organization.”
Thank you Bettie Locke Hamilton, Alice Allen Brant, Hannah Fitch Shaw, and Bettie Tipton Lindsey. Without your bravery and determination, we would not have this house to call home or these women to call our sisters.