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Phi Sigma Sigma was founded on November 26, 1913 at Hunter College, New York.

Phi Sigma Sigma, ΦΣΣ was the first collegiate nonsectarian sorority, meaning that there was to be no judgment regarding religion or background. Phi Sigma Sigma has become an international, inclusive sorority with over 150 chapters across the United States and Canada!!

In 1913 when college was primarily for wealthy men, academic woman were a new breed and skirt lengths were no higher than six inches above the floor, ten Hunter High School lunch mates, committed to strength in friendship and the act of giving, founded Phi Sigma Sigma at Hunter College in New York City.

The founders came from a variety of religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. They wished to stay together as the group they had become, while still in high school but found that because of their varied backgrounds the all could not join one of the sororities already established on campus. They approached the Dean of Woman at Hunter, Dean Higgenbottem, and inquired about starting their own sorority, one that would promote open membership to all women of character regardless of background.

Under the leadership of Fay Chertkoff, the first Archon of Alpha Chapter, the Founders obtained permission and Phi Sigma Sigma was born on November 26, 1913, quietly, unobtrusively and without thought of expansion. First in the minds of these ten woman were the twin ideals which endure today: the brotherhood of mankind and the alleviation of the world's pain. Each Founder extended herself to her fullest capacity to live up to these mottos.

The Founders attained high scholastic standing in an effort to stress the importance of scholarship and the advancement of womanhood, and each served in philanthropic activities such as filling stockings and baskets for the needy, assisting in nurseries in hospitals, and volunteering in homes for the aged. They affiliated with and raised money for the Godmotherís League and Foster Mothers of America. They donated to a variety of charities consistent with their character as a nonsectarian sorority, the only one with a ritual not based on scripture.

Symbols of Phi Sig:

Colors: King Blue and Gold

Flower: American Beauty Rose

Stone: Sapphire

National Symbol: Sphinxhead

Mascot: Penguin

Philanthropy: School And College Readiness

Twin Ideals: The brotherhood of man and the alleviation of world's pain

Open Motto: Diokete Hupsala (Aim High)

Phi Sigma Sigma is an organization open to diverse membership. The founders chose the fraternity symbols with great care. The Sphinx is the mythical figure of mystery and secrecy for women. The American Beauty Rose was chosen for its statuesque beauty, and for the balance of sharp thorn sand soft petals. Our colors are King Blue and Gold and our stone is the sapphire. Our open motto, Aim High, is translated from the Greek Diokete Hupsala and appears on the crest of the fraternity. 

once a phi sig, always a phi sig