Women in History & the Making of Delta Zeta Sorority

When six young women came together in 1902 to form a social sorority, they had a vision of lifetime sisterhood fostered by ideals that they cherished.

The six friends bonded quickly as they faced the challenges of starting a sorority on a male-dominated campus, as women had just been given full status as students at Miami University.

Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna Keen, Julia Bishop, Mabelle Minton and Anne Simmons met with Dr. Guy Potter Benton, then president of the university, to make their idea a reality.

Delta Zeta Sorority was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1902. It was the first sorority to be founded at the university.

The Founders then went on to lay the foundation for the Sorority which would have a national reach. Today, Delta Zeta has enriched the lives of over 260,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada.

Learn more about our history by visiting the Delta Zeta Museum online.

Delta Zeta Museum