National Herstory 


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five co-eds, Arizona Leedonia Cleaver, Pearl Anna Neal, Fannie Pettie, Viola Tyler, and Myrtle Tyler. These women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for African-American women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of SCHOLARSHIP, SERVICE, SISTERHOOD, and FINER WOMANHOOD. The trail blazed by the Founders has been traversed by thousands of women dedicated to the emulation of the objectives and ideals of the sorority.

Zeta’s national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation; Stork’s Nest, a national co-operative program with the March of Dimes; community outreach services; and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Building on the legacy of the sisterhood’s service to the community and mankind, our newest programmatic thrust is Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel (through Mind, Body, and Spirit).  Z-HOPE is a holistic, multidimensional outreach program designed to enhance, cultivate, and empower participants to develop health-promoting lifestyle choices in all stages of their life.  Z-HOPE targets five major populations, utilizing a life span approach.

  It reaches from young to old, from prenatal to geriatric.  The five major populations are women, youth, seniors, men, and international women.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is comprised of diverse women with Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctoral degrees (earned and honorary), professional degrees.  Its membership includes women in all professions such as medicine and health, law, education, public administration, finance and accounting, government, corporate management and the physical and social sciences.  ZETA women are high achievers and many of them have set standards of excellence in their chosen fields.

As one of the nine predominately African-American Greek-Lettered organizations, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has more than 600 chapters located in the domestic U.S. West Africa, West Germany, Bahamas Islands, Virgin Islands, South Korea, and Italy. The Sorority was the first Greek-Lettered organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, the AMICAE, ARCHONETTES, AMICETTES, and PEARLETTES; and to be constitutionally bound to a brother group, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.


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