Kappa Kappa Gamma is a sorority that was founded on the campus of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois in 1870. Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded by six women and is one of the oldest and largest Greek organizations still functioning today. Chapters span across the United States and Canada for the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. There have been 225,000 members initiated into Kappa Kappa Gamma since its start in 1870.
The founders of Kappa Kappa Gamma were Mary Moore Stewart, Anna Elizabeth Willits, Mary Louise Bennett, Martha Louisa Stevenson, Susan Burley Walker and Hannah Jeannette Boyd. The founding women were all members of a literary society and determined to have a Greek society for themselves that was equal to that of the male fraternities they saw on campus. The founding members wrote the Kappa Kappa Gamma constitution, came up with its motto and chose the sorority badge and name. The three ideals of Kappa Kappa Gamma women are friendship, leadership and scholarship.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma have embraced a fleur-de-leis, golden key and the coat of arms represent a tradition of high standards. Kappa members also believe in the power of philanthropy and helping others.
The official philanthropy of Kappa Kappa Gamma is Reading is Fundamental.
Although there is no formal motto for Kappa Kappa Gamma, the sorority uses the term "Tradition of Leadership" on many of their publications.
- Colors for Kappa Kappa Gamma are dark blue and light blue
- Symbols for Kappa Kappa Gamma are the fleur-de-lis, owl and golden key
- Flower for Kappa Kappa Gamma is the fleur-de-lis
- Jewel for Kappa Kappa Gamma is the sapphire
- Bird for Kappa Kappa Gamma is the owl
- Nicknames include KKG and Kappa
- Kappas at the University of Pittsburgh were the first to share the house with another sorority — Kappa Alpha Theta in 1965
- In 1980, Kappa Kappa Gamma became the first sorority to own a museum when the The Heritage Museum was opened
- The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority was the first to publish a quarterly magazine in 1881
- Kappa is also the only sorority to own the house of a founder and fully operate two historic museums
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