Phi Mu
Get Phi Mu essential facts below. View Videos or join the Phi Mu discussion. Add Phi Mu to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Phi Mu
Phi Mu
Phi Mu coat of arms.png
FoundedMarch 4, 1852; 168 years ago (1852-03-04)
Wesleyan Female College, (Macon, Georgia)
MottoLes Soeurs Fideles
The Faithful Sisters
Colors  Rose   White
FlowerRose Color Carnation
PublicationThe Aglaia
PhilanthropyChildren's Miracle Network Hospitals
Members185,000+ lifetime
MascotThe Lion "Sir Fidel"
Headquarters400 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, Georgia

Phi Mu () is the second oldest female fraternal organization established in the United States.

The fraternity was founded at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia as the Philomathean Society on January 4, 1852, and was announced publicly on March 4 of the same year. Phi Mu is one of the two "Macon Magnolias," a term used to celebrate the bonds it shares with Alpha Delta Pi as sororities founded on that same campus.

Today, Phi Mu has 137 collegiate chapters, 145 alumnae chapters, and more than 180,000 initiated sisters. In its 167-year history, Phi Mu has chartered over 228 chapters. Phi Mu's National Headquarters is in Peachtree City, Georgia.[1] Phi Mu's national philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Phi Mu is one of 26 national sororities which are members under the umbrella organization of the National Panhellenic Conference.[2]


Phi Mu was founded on January 4, 1852 - though not publicly announced until March 4, 1852 - originally as a literary society referred to as The Philomathean Society at Wesleyan College by Mary Ann Dupont (Lines), Mary Elizabeth Myrick (Daniel), and Martha Bibb Hardaway (Redding). Philomathean is derived from the Greek philomath, which means a lover of learning. The Society joined the National Panhellenic Conference in 1904, taking on the Greek letters Phi Mu.

Phi Mu is referred to a women's fraternity since some sororities predate the term "sorority" and are thus known as "fraternities for women." Phi Mu is one such sorority, and its formal name is Phi Mu Fraternity.

In 1939, Alpha Delta Theta, a small national sorority founded at Transylvania University, merged with Phi Mu.


Although Phi Mu has no official jewel, the fraternity recognizes official colors of rose, symbolizing womanhood, and white, symbolizing truth and purity. The official flower is the rose-colored carnation, while the symbol is a quatrefoil. Phi Mu's official mascot is a lion named Sir Fidel.

A Phi Badge is worn by Phi Mu's provisional members. It is a small gold and black quatrefoil pin bearing the ? symbol. Initiated members wear the Phi Mu Badge, which depicts a quatrefoil with black and gold enamel bearing , a hand holding a heart, and three stars. Sometimes the badge is partnered with a guard chain accompanied by the chapter's lettering (for example, the Kappa Omicron chapter of Phi Mu would have a assisting).

Phi Mu's open motto is Les Soeurs Fideles ("The Faithful Sisters"). The fraternity's creed is the uniting statement that every member of Phi Mu is expected to know and live her life by, defining what it means to be a noble woman and enumerating several practices. The second-to-last line of the creed sums up the most important Phi Mu belief: "To practice day by day love, honor, truth."[3]


Phi Mu's interest in philanthropy is expressed in the first line of its Creed, "To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand," a guiding principle for Phi Mu. As the sorority sponsor for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Phi Mu is committed to raising more than $500,000 for the hospitals every year. The money raised and donated is used locally or to support one of the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. In total, Phi Mu has contributed over $8.5 million and many hours in an attempt to improve the quality of life for sick children and their families throughout the country. Phi Mu has also established an annual "National Philanthropy Day" each October.[4]

Notable controversies

In 2010, the Phi Mu chapter at the University of Texas at San Antonio was disciplined for hazing and humiliating pledges. Pledges were blindfolded, roped, and forced to a remote barn to recite the sorority's creed and imitate animals for the amusement of initiated members of the sorority.[5]

In 2011, the sorority made national headlines after the chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi dressed in blackface for a "Cosby" themed party. The sorority members involved were placed on probation by Phi Mu's national headquarters and offered a public apology for their misconduct.[6]

In 2013 and 2014, sorority women from multiple chapters at the University of Alabama - including Phi Mu, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Kappa Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Alpha Gamma Delta, - alleged that either active members or some of their alumnae had prevented them from offering membership to black candidates because of their race.[7][8] Phi Mu member Caroline Bechtel told Marie Claire that the chapter would automatically add any minority woman to a list of women to be dropped as a membership candidate. Bechtel and fellow students held a campus march to integrate greek life on campus, and following media and national outcry, the university held a second round of recruitment in hopes of offering membership to more women, including black women. In the aftermath, Bechtel described hostility towards her from the sorority. Phi Mu offered membership to one black woman.[7]


Notable alumnae

Arts and entertainment


Science, technology, engineering and math

Politics and public service

  • Carol Laise (Gamma Delta) - U.S. Ambassador to Nepal 1966-1973, first woman director general of the Foreign Service[26][27]
  • Beverly B. Martin (Alpha Iota) - U.S. Federal Judge, sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit[28]
  • Betty Montgomery (Delta Kappa) - first female Attorney General of Ohio[9]
  • Melinda Schwegmann (Alpha Eta) - first female Lt. Governor of Louisiana[9]
  • Elizabeth Weaver (Delta) - former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice[9]
  • Tova Wiley (Eta Alpha) - first woman to hold the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy, winner of the Legion of Merit Award[9]





  1. ^ Home. Phi Mu. Retrieved on July 1, 2010. "National Headquarters 400 Westpark Drive Peachtree City, GA 30269."
  2. ^ "Our Member Organizations". National Panhellenic Conference. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Our Mission and Creed". Phi Mu. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Philanthropy". Phi Mu. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "UTSA sorority on probation for hazing". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Blackface 'Cosby' costume draws Southern Miss. sorority penalty". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b Webley Adler, Kayla (2014-08-06). "Revolution on Sorority Row". Marie Claire. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Gladu, Alex (2013-11-13). "The Truth About Racism at Southern Sororities". Her Campus. Retrieved .
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Famous Phi Mus". Phi Mu. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Scott, Mike (September 30, 2008). "'Steel Magnolias' to unspool for a good cause". Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ PAUL DAILING - "New Miss Illinois crowned | Kane County Chronicle". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "About Ashley". Ashley Hatfield, Miss Illinois 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-01. Retrieved .
  13. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ a b
  15. ^ "Dana Ivey, ". The Aglaia. Winter-Spring 2008.
  16. ^ [2][dead link]
  17. ^ McDearmon, Brian (2007-07-01). "Miss Capital City, Leah Massee, a frontrunner throughout the competition, wins title". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
  18. ^ "Recipients 2008". Miss America. Archived from the original on 2010-09-29. Retrieved .
  19. ^ a b "2014 National Contestants". Miss America. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "". Archived from the original on February 4, 2009.
  21. ^ "About Evett | Evett Simmons". Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Ask American Profile". Archived from the original on 2007-01-01. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Vibrant Voice - Kathy Pham". A Vibrant View. 2015-08-07. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Meet Kathy Pham, a Guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union". 2015-01-19. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Ngi Vi?t tiêu bi?u di 40 tu?i: Kathy Ph?m". Nguoi Viet Online. 2015-03-18. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Caroline Clendening (Carol (Laise) Bunker) Laise - People - Department History - Office of the Historian". Retrieved .
  27. ^ Cook, Joan (1991-07-26). "Carol Laise, 73, Ex-Ambassador and High State Dept. Aide, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  28. ^ Beverly B. Martin
  29. ^ [3] Archived October 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ "The Aglaia Summer 2014". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved .
  31. ^ "The Aglaia Summer 2014". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved .
  32. ^ List of winners of the Boston Marathon#Women's Open

External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes