Kappa Kappa Gamma
) is a collegiate women's fraternity
, founded at Monmouth College
, in Monmouth, Illinois
, USA. Although the groundwork of the organization was developed as early as 1869, the 1876 Convention voted that October 13, 1870 should be recognized at the official 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.
Kappa has a total membership of more than 235,000 women, with 137 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada and 307 alumnae associations worldwide.
Kappa Kappa Gamma is a women's fraternity, because it was founded before the term 'sorority
' came into use. However, because it admits only women, it is usually referred to as a sorority. Kappa Kappa Gamma is also referred to as "KKG" and "Kappa."
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. Though the coeducational college was considered progressive at the time, the women were dissatisfied with the fact that while men enjoyed... Read More