"To inspire the highest type of womanhood"
Gamma Phi Beta's history starts in 1874 at the University of Syracuse. Faced with barriers due to their gender, our founders, Francis E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis, Mary A. Bingham, and Helen M. Dodge, came together to form Gamma Phi Beta. In a time when women did not often attend college, and were faced with hostile classmates, Gamma Phi Beta served as a way for the women at Syracuse to support each other and grow academically and socially. Since 1874, more than 200,000 women have followed in the footsteps of our founders and our circle continues to grow.
The Beta Rho chapter was founded at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1959 with a beginning new member class of just 22 women. Now, almost six decades later, we have grown to a chapter of roughly 300 amazing sisters. We are proud to have such a large and strong sisterhood, and we're always striving to build strong, meaningful relationships with each other and our community. We truly believe that our sisters give each other lifelong encouragement, inspiration, and loyalty through friendship and the ties that bind us.