The First Coeds
This educational module shares information on our Fraternity's founders, featuring their images, their thoughts, and the original badge they wore. It also shares some of their personal history.
Organizations on campus offered opportunities for friendship, leadership development and academic support, but none included women. When the Phi Gamma Deltas asked Bettie to wear the fraternity’s badge, she replied she would like to be initiated as a member. The group didn’t think that possible, so she declined. Bettie’s father, a professor at Asbury, suggested she form a Greek-letter fraternity for women. Bettie asked Alice Allen to join with her in laying the ground work for the endeavor, and on January 27, 1870, more than two years after they enrolled at Asbury. KAΘ was founded and announced to the college community when the eventual four founding members wore their badges on campus.