Celebrating International Women’s Friendship Month 2019
As sorority women, we all know the value of female friendships and how beneficial they are to both individual women and women’s organizations. Think about the women in your new-member class who have been with you since Bid Day. These are your Kappa Delta sisters, but also your friends. The bond you share with these women deserves a celebration, which is why we take time to reflect on the value of female friendship during International Women’s Friendship Month every year in September.
This year’s campaign is special because it pays homage to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment — which gave women the right to vote. To honor the suffragettes, some of whom were members of Kappa Delta, we have rebranded our IWFM logo to represent the colors worn on the sashes during the United States suffrage movement. The colors are:
Gold –The use of gold goes back to 1867 when Kansas was considering passage of a state suffrage referendum. Symbols such as gold pins, ribbons, and sashes, as well as yellow flowers became popular to support the cause. It was then chosen by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a representative of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.
Purple – Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper, Votes for Women, explained “Purple, as everyone knows is the royal color, it stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity.”
White – Women were encouraged to wear dresses in delicate fabrics and colors, with white often the color of choice, to deflect the impression of masculinity that was projected upon the women’s suffrage movement. Purple and gold sashes were worn over the white dress.
We’d love to see pictures or hear stories that illustrate the friendships in your lives. Some ways to participate in IWFM are:
- Post images of members wearing the colors of the suffragettes.
- Share our graphics on social media and use the hashtag #IWFM during the month of September.
- Film, write or record stories of friendship and share them on social media.
Women’s friendships are the glue that holds sorority life together, so let’s celebrate our special bonds in September. Together, we can show the world how powerful women’s friendships truly are.