About Sigma Gamma Rho

The History of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades 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.​

Soaring to greater heights of attainment around the world, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.

From seven young educators, Sigma Gamma Rho has become an international service organization comprised of women from every profession. Sigma Gamma Rho offers its members opportunities to develop their unique talents through leadership training and involvement in sorority activities. Sorority activities provide an atmosphere where friendships and professional contacts are developed which often lead to bonds that last a lifetime. Learn more about the rich heritage of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. by visiting the Sorority's national website sgrho1922.org.

SGRHO Social Action

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. recognizes the essential growth and impact that political engagement has on the lives of Sorors and Philos. It is the expectation and standard for everyone to participate in political education and advocacy activities. Under the direction of the International Social Action Committee, we unite our efforts to support causes and legislation at local, state, and national levels that are vital to the quality of life of members, affiliates, and the communities we live, work, and play.

As a nonpartisan organization, we do not endorse political parties or candidates. 

  • Social Action Mission
    The International Social Action Committee of Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority, Inc. champions the call for awareness and action around causes and issues that do not promote fairness, equity, or justice including racism, sexism, voter suppression, policing and criminal justice reform, violence against women and children, and politics.

    The committee provides guidance and resources to empower members and affiliates to pursue education, voting, and activism at every level from local to international.

  • Social Action Areas
    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. actively engages in advocacy to positively address a myriad of societal issues including:
    - Voter Registration & Education
    - Human Trafficking
    - Violences Against Women and Children
    - Affordable Housing
    - Run for Office
    - Gender Equality
    - Economic Empowerment 
    - Health care: Mental, Maternal and Child, and Medicaid Expansion
    - Equitable Board Membership Opportunities
    - Education and Labor

Activism is Ongoing.

For 2022 Key Dates, visit: sgrho1922.org
Oh the many ways to be greater in 2022!

Sigma Gamma Rho is calling on every member, philo and supporter to join our challenge to serve 1 million hours in our communities in 2022 by providing 22 hours of community service in 2022.

Of course community service is what Greater Women do, but we’re leveling up this year. After all, reaching the milestone of 100-years of sisterhood, scholarship and service is no easy feat and should certainly be celebrated. There’s no better way to do that than answering the call, advancing the work and assisting our local communities

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