Category Archives: Carrie Chapman Catt

January 9 and a Look Back to January 8

Yesterday, January 8, was spent in a car driving from Florida to Illinois. I sat in the back seat between our two dogs. For one day, they had my undivided presence and attention. Yesterday was also my birthday. It’s a … Continue reading

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Speechless in Ames!

I am not an easy person to render speechless. However, the women of the Iowa State University of Pi Beta Phi did just that on Sunday evening. While I was at Pi Phi’s Leadership Academy in July, a member of … Continue reading

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Phi Beta Sigma, Lou Brock, Richard Nixon, and Carrie Chapman Catt

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded on January 9, 1914, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by three African American students, A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown. Happy Founders’ Day, Phi Beta Sigma! A goodly number of sports … Continue reading

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E. Jean Nelson Penfield and Carrie Chapman Catt, Monmouth Duo BFFs?

One of the great joys I’ve had is meeting Greek-Letter Organization Archivists and Historians. We are kindred spirits. It goes without saying that we love our own organization the most, almost as if it was our child. Yet, I, for one, … Continue reading

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#WHM15 The Amazing Sorority Women Recap

It’s the last week of March and I’ve yet to acknowledge Women’s History Month. I haven’t had time to put together a new post about amazing sorority women, so I thought I’d quickly get together some links from past blogs. … Continue reading

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The Importance of January 9, 1859 and January 9, 1914

What do Carrie Chapman Catt and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity have in common? Catt was born on January 9, 1859. On January 9, 1914, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., three African American students, A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and … Continue reading

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Kudos, Condolences, and a New View of the Moon Walk

I spent the past few days with Pi Phis at our first College Weekend. It’s an off convention year. A Leadership Academy for chapter officers took place in February and an Alumnae Leadership Summit was held last month. The College Weekend … Continue reading

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Ten Amazing Sorority Women

“Are you telling me that Carrie Chapman Catt was a member of a sorority?” I was asked with some incredulity. It wasn’t meant as a polite question. I wanted to say that technically Catt was a member of a women’s … Continue reading

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A Centennial, Fraternal Friends, and Birthday Wishes

Today, January 9, 2014, is the Centennial of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. It was founded 100 years ago at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Founders A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown, formed their organization on the … Continue reading

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E. Jean Nelson Penfield, KKG, and Carrie Chapman Catt, ΠΒΦ, the Monmouth Duo of Suffragists

Eliza Jean Nelson (Penfield), who was born and raised in Greencastle, Indiana, graduated from DePauw University in 1893. While a student, she became a member of the Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She attended the 1891 Panhellenic meeting in … Continue reading

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