The year was 1920. It was the start of the decade, shortly after World War One, and a time of great prosperity for the country. Women were called dames, dolls, or the cat's meow. At the beginning of the decade, women still wore long skirts but the "Roaring 20s" brought a new look of short skirts and smartly coiffed shorter hair. Racial tensions were high and quotas set for immigrants coming into America. The Klan was very active during this period. The Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of black artists and writers in the US. On January 16, 1920, the Volstead Act became effective, heralding the start of Prohibition and on August 18th of the same year, Tennessee delivered the crucial 36th ratification necessary for the final adoption of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. The worst and longest economic recession to ever hit the United States would define the end of the decade-the Great Depression.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The idea was conceived by five collegiate women: Arizona Cleaver, Pearl A. Neal, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, and Fannie Pettie, also known as our five pearls. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is incorporated in Washington, D.C. and also in the state of Illinois.
Zeta's national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary groups have given untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change.
Benefits of Membership
Along with the benefits of support, encouragement and friendships that last a lifetime, Zeta Phi Beta membership offers many practical benefits.
Opportunity to Serve
Through volunteerism in the community and on campus, Zeta women develop the self worth and pride that comes from serving others and making a positive contribution to society.
Zeta women develop leadership skills by attending seminars, holding officer
and committee positions within the chapter; and serving as a role models
for the Sorority's youth affiliates.
Membership in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is a living and learning experience for
women with shared values and objectives. You will have the opportunity to be
involved in a wide range of activities where you can use your unique talents and
knowledge to contribute to the chapter and your community.
Zeta Phi Beta encourages women to learn and grow in the spirit of sisterly love and friendship.