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In 1922...

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated was founded on November 12, 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Our founders were seven young, educated, African-American women who sought to achieve 'Greater Service, Greater Progress' in their communities through the trinity of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. These women include Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Bessie M. Downey Martin, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Cubena McClure, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside and Vivian White Marbury. 
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.

What Makes a Sigma Woman?


  • Value the contributions of all members and affiliates-- in unmatched collaboration.

  • Embrace different perspectives. We do not compete against each other. Instead, we share an approach where all opinions and options are considered, researched, and analyzed carefully before decisions are made.

  • Support each other to ensure Sorors are able to reach their full potential in any endeavor.

  Learn More About Our Organization

Established: November 12, 1922, at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Membership: 85,000+

Division: Five Regions -
Central, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Western.

Sorority Flower: The yellow tea rose.

Sorority Mascot: The Poodle    


Sorority Colors: Royal blue and gold

    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.

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