In honor of March being Women’s History Month, we thought we would take a moment to recognize some of Greek Life’s successful women. These women have not only contributed to the progression of women in America, but have also left an impact for future generations as well.
Chi Omega – University of Alabama
Harper Lee is the genius behind one of the most well known American books, To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel became an instant hit winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 after being published just the year before. Unlike most novelists, her book became a classic in American Literature while she was still living. She not only received the Pulitzer Prize, she went on to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature in 2007.
Kappa Alpha Theta – University of Pennsylvania
Tory Burch is the brains behind the women’s fashion line, Tory Burch LLC. On top of being a fashion design and businesswoman, Tory Burch is also a philanthropist. She started the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009, which supports the economic empowerment of women in the United States through small business loans, mentoring and entrepreneurial education. In 2014, she was named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, which is a group of successful American businesspeople who are committed to growing and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs thrive.
Delta Delta Delta – Florida State University
Sara Blakely is the founder of one of women’s guilty pleasures, Spanx. Ask around and you most likely won’t find a woman who doesn’t own a pair! In November 2000, Oprah Winfrey named Spanx as one of her “Favorite Products,” helping to push Spanx even further in sales. In 2014, she was named the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Her desire to help women doesn’t end with Spanx, in 2006, she founded the Sara Blakely Foundation to help women through educational and entrepreneurial training. Since launching her foundation, it has funded scholarships for women at the Community and Individual Development Association City Campus in South Africa. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, donating $1 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She became the first female billionaire to join Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “Giving Pledge”, where the world’s richest donate half their wealth to charity.
Tri Sigma – Northeastern State University
Carrie Underwood is the All-American Sweetheart who captured our hearts in 2004 on the hit show American Idol. In 2009, she founded the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation in her hometown. The foundation helps with general causes, needs and services to directly impact the community. The foundation partnered with the Academy of Country Music Foundation in 2009 to give more $120,000 in new instruments for their music programs. As a massive supporter of animal rights, she is a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States and even opened a shelter in her hometown. She is a supporter of the United Service Organization, Clothes off our back, and Habitat for Humanity. In 2008, she joined other female artists Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus to record the song “Just Stand Up.” The proceeds benefited Stand Up to Cancer raising $73.6 million.
Alpha Chi Omega – University of Denver
Condoleeza Rice is the first female African-American secretary of state and was the first woman to serve as the National Security Advisor under George W. Bush. She earned the nickname of “Warrior Princess” while serving under Bush because of her strong nerve and delicate manners. SHe has appeared four times on the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2004 and 2005, she was ranked as the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine and number two in 2006. She now returned to Stanford University as a political science professor and in 2010, she became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy.
Zeta Tau Alpha – University of Florida
Erin Andrews is most known for her presence in the sports world. She currently hosts FOX College Football for Fox Sports as well as Dancing with the Stars. She has influenced a lot of young girls to embrace their love for sports through her success within the last 16 years. She started as a freelance supporter for Fox Sports Florida and made her way to becoming today’s sideline reporter on Fox’s lead NFL broadcasting crew. In 2010, she became the spokesperson for the Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign to raise $2.86 million for Feeding America. In October 2011, she joined StubHub to launch a national campaign Girls Night Out to encourage women to celebrate and take pride in their love for sports with the opportunity of winning tickets to attend a game of their choice with their friends.