Badge History: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago was National Badge day, but that doesn’t mean you should just put your badge back in the box and not open your box until next year. Sorority badges show so much history in them and represent each unique part of each chapter. We might as well celebrate National Badge Month!

>Pi Beta Phi






“The badge of I.C. Sorosis, which was chosen by the founders in 1867, consisted of a golden arrow with the letters “IC” on its wings. When the name of the Fraternity was changed to Pi Beta Phi, the Greek letters replaced the “IC” on the wings. At the 1934 Yellowstone Convention, the convention body voted to limit the links in the chain of the badge to 12 — one for each founder.

Upon initiation, a member is given a gold-filled arrow badge. If she wishes, she may order a replacement 10k gold badge at our Headquarters’ store, Pi Phi Express. Only initiated members of Pi Beta Phi wear the golden arrow badge. It is worn over the heart with the tip of the arrow pointed up.” –

>Kappa Alpha Theta


Pre- 1950



“Since March 14, 1870 when Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton, and Hannah Fitch first wore their new badges to chapel at Indiana Asbury, the kite-shaped pin has been a symbol of membership in Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.” Fun Fact: When a member passes away they must bury the badge with with the member, passed along badge to a Theta family member, or returned to Fraternity headquarters. –



>Kappa Kappa Gamma





“The golden key was selected by the Founders as the badge of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The badge is strictly worn as an emblem of membership and only by initiated members. Members may not lend their badges to anyone except for other Kappas.”



>Alpha Phi


386342b26fa4a18e1c22475eb6e1aadf“The official badge of Alpha Phi is an unjeweled monogram of gold showing the symbol of Alpha superimposed upon the symbol of Phi. Inscribed in black on the symbol Phi are the letters a, o, e. The meaning of these letters is reserved for the initiation ceremony. You may also wear a jeweled version of the badge set with white stones. The badge may be worn as a pin, upon a bracelet or mounted as a ring.

Alpha Phi was the first women’s organization to use Greek letters as an emblem. Originally there was no standard badge. Until 1906 when the current badge was adopted, each member went to the jeweler of her choice to have her pin designed. Most chose similar designs using the “lazy Phi,” a Phi symbol turned on its side.” –

>Delta Gamma

Original Badge Design

Original Badge Design




“Originally, the badge was an “H” signifying hope. In 1877, the Delta Gamma badge was changed to the age-old symbol of hope, the anchor.” –



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