Honoring Phi Mu History Makers

All Phi Mus know of our three Founders, Mary, Mary and Martha, but there are countless other women who shaped this organization and our country.  Through our strategic alliance with the National Women’s History Museum, we have a unique opportunity to recognize these “History Makers.”

The alliance between the National Women’s History Museum and Phi Mu Fraternity was announced at the 2018 Convention. This is the first and only such partnership the Museum has with an NPC sorority.

In this first year, we have focused on fostering raising awareness about the Museum and encouraging Phi Mus to support it. We have raised over $12,000 to date to forward our goal of seeing a permanent home for the Museum realized in Washington, DC. History without women is history half-told, and in the coming months, you’ll continue to hear about how you can help Phi Mu tell the stories of those whose lives, words and deeds have transformed our nation.

On November 13, Phi Mu hosted a launch event in Washington, DC, with area alumnae and collegians from our Gamma Delta chapter at American University. We honored our sister Joan Bradley Wages (Alpha Mu, Auburn University)—now President Emerita of the Museum and the wellspring of our alliance—with the inaugural Phi Mu Forefront Award in honor of her invaluable contributions to advance women’s history.

Throughout our partnership, we will honor Phi Mu History Makers — “chapter eternal” and living sisters, who, through their accomplishments, bring great honor to our own history. At the DC event, we debuted a video introducing our initial nineteen “chapter eternal” sister honorees. You can see the vidoe below. Nineteen women were chosen in recognition of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. We will announce an additional 19 living Phi Mu History Makers in the spring of 2019.

Over the next few months, you will hear more about all of these special sisters on the Museum’s and the Fraternity’s websites, on our blog and through social media. We hope you will be inspired by the HistoryMakers’ stories and proud of their accomplishments… and that you join us in support of the Museum that will honor thousands of women just like them! Learn more and become a member of the National Women’s History Museum at https://www.womenshistory.org/donate.