Pi Beta Phi was found on April 28,1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois. Originally called I.C. Sorosis then
later changed to Pi Beta Phi. It was the first national secret college society of women, which was modeled after the Greek-letter
fraternities of men. During a time when few women were admitted to colleges
and universities, Pi Beta Phi created a feeling of unity among pioneering women.
Pi Beta Phi was the first to form an alumnae department, first to organize a national philanthropy, and first to
establish its own magazine, called The Arrow.
Pi Beta Phi was founded by 12 women, who created the Fraternity to cultivate sincere friendship, establish the real objects
of life, and promote the happiness of humanity.
As did our Founders, we must dare to dream, for
if there are no dreams, there cannot be "dreams come true."
Our Founders are:
Libbie Brook Gaddis
Nancy Black Wallace
Clara Brownlee Huchinson
Ada Bruen Grier
Inez Smith Soule
Fannie Whitenack Libbey
Jennie Nicol, M.D.
Jennie Horne Turnbull