Kappa Kappa Gamma

Eta Alpha Chapter at Furman University

Kappa Kappa Gamma History

Kappa Kappa Gamma (ΚΚΓ) was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.

The idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma is said to have been conceived in a conversation between two college women, Mary Louise Bennett and Hannah Jeannette Boyd, on a wooden bridge over a stream on the Monmouth College campus in the late 1860s.  Although the groundwork of the organization was developed as early as 1869, the 1876 Convention voted on October 13, 1870 as Founders Day, because no earlier charter date could be determined. This makes Kappa Kappa Gamma one of the oldest women's Greek-letter societies in existence today. It is technically a "women's fraternity" rather than a sorority, because the organization came into existence before the term "sorority" had been coined. 


The fraternity was formed by six pioneering women with a love of learning, pictured above. They are responsible for Kappa's name, secret motto, constitution, and badge.

Kappa Firsts

  • In 1882, Kappa Kappa Gamma was the first women's fraternity to publish a quarterly journal, The Key.
  • In 1891, Kappa Kappa Gamma was the first to call a meeting of all the other women's fraternities – thus the precursor to the National Panhellenic Conference.
  • In 1942, Kappa was the first women's fraternity to set up Service Women's Centers during World War II.
  • In 1952, Kappa Kappa Gamma was the first to purchase a Headquarters building, and base their operations permanently in Columbus, Ohio.
  • In 1965, University of Pittsburgh Kappas were the first to share a house with another fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta.
  • In 1980, The Heritage Museum was established, and Kappa became the first fraternity to own a museum.
  • In 1989, The Minnie Stewart Foundation purchased the Stewart family home, which was then merged into the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation in 2000. Kappa is the only women's fraternity to own the home of a Founder and operate two historic house museums.
  • In 2000, Kappa Kappa Gamma launched Pathways – Kappa’s Continuous Education Experience, leading men's and women's fraternities into new frontiers of education and training.
  • In 2002, Kappa Kappa Gamma released The Voyage of Discovery, a virtual tour through women's history.
  • In 2004, The Leadership Academy began offering undergraduate and alumna members intensive leadership development in a beautiful outdoor setting. Programming for the Leadership Academy has been developed in partnership with The Tompeters! Company and Bradford Woods, an outdoor education facility in Indiana.
  • In 2009, Kappa Kappa Gamma launched the Kappa Learning Institute, an interactive online portal which provides free e-courses to sisters.

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