On March 4, 1852 Phi Mu was founded at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. and is the second oldest sorority in the nation. We have provided social opportunities, a support network, and personal enrichment resources to members for over 160 years. In that time over 180,000 Phi Mu women have been vibrant members of college campuses and we have chartered over 230 chapters.
Through our experiences as both collegiate and alumnae members, we gain a sense of loyalty to the organization that has given so much back. Through philanthropic efforts, Phi Mus across the world are able to provide those in need with assistance – changing the world for the better. Through leadership and programming, Phi Mus are taught important life skills that empower us to dream big and help us to accomplish us goals. Through sisterhood, members are able to connect with women they may not have otherwise met if it weren’t for Phi Mu.
Today signifies so much more than a date in history. It’s a day that reminds us how lucky we are to have Phi Mu and to be a Phi Mu. We reflect back on all that it has and will continue to give us in the years to come. From Bid Day buddies to best friends to bridesmaids to coworkers, Phi Mu relationships never stop growing.
Below you will find inspiring quotes from well-known Phi Mu sisters. All in which can relate back to Phi Mu’s Creed and how we, as members, choose to live our lives: Love. Honor. Truth.
1. Kimberly Schlapman, ΑΓ – Little Big Town Band-mate, cookbook author and host of “Simply Southern.”
“If you have a dream, it is worth the extra work, the time and the sacrifice.”
2. Kathryn Stockett, AZ – A writer and editor of American origin – best known for her critically acclaimed novel The Help.
“Demetrie told me over and over, ‘You are beautiful. You are smart. You are important.'”
3. Dr. Mary Ellen Weber, ΔE – An American executive, scientist, aviator, speaker, and a former NASA astronaut.
“You just never know what dreams you will one day dream and what doors currently closed to you will one day open.”
4. Pat Mitchell, ΑΑ – Former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Paley Center for Media in New York City and former CEO of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
“Investing in women and girls may once have been considered a radical notion or even a waste of resources, but in most places in the world today, women and girls are increasingly recognized as a critical link to greater prosperity, political stability, better health and public policy.”
5. Debbie Phelps, BX – Educator and mother to Olympic gold champion swimmer Michael Phelps.
“Respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, determination, a strive for excellence… I teach them in my own home. And I’ve taught tens, thousands of children because I’ve been in education for almost 3 decades: if you want to wrap your arms around something, you have to believe in yourself. And you have to be able to set short and long-term goals.”
6. Gayle Barron, AA – Women’s Winner for the Boston Marathon in 1978.
“I ended up donating many of my ribbons, trophies and awards to be refurbished and awarded to the kids. The kids were excited and it meant a lot for them to run and to get better and better in their own way.”
7. Betty Degeneres, AH – An American rights activist and mother of Ellen and Vance DeGeneres.
“I think we were brought up to be considerate of other people and respectful and that whole [principle of] “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” So Vance and Ellen learned that from their grandparents and from us to be considerate of other people.”
8. Evett L. Simmons, AT – Past president of the National Bar Association and current president of Unity Property Development Corporation, a minority-owned real estate development company.Evett’s chapter, “Creating a Pipeline of Tomorrow’s Lawyers Today and Other Law Firm Diversity,” was included in the book, Inside the Minds: Building and Encouraging Law Firm Diversity, by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore. Check out her chapter for more words of wisdom!
But MOST importantly…
9. Mary Dupont Lines, A; Mary Myrick Daniel, A; and Martha Hardaway Redding, A. – Founders of Phi Mu Fraternity.
10. Grace Lumpkin, M – Attributed authorship of the Creed of Phi Mu.