Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was organized on January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The sorority was founded by our most honorable five pearls: Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, Fannie Pettie Watts, and Pearl Anna Neal. These phenomenal women were encouraged by Charles Taylor and A. Langston Taylor, two brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
The founding pearls chose not to embrace the already established tenets. As a result, they founded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promote service projects on college campuses and in the community: foster sisterhood and exemplify the ideal of Finer Womanhood.
For 93 years, the path taken by our founders has been traveled by thousands of women who are dedicated to the fulfillment of the objectives and ideas of the sorority.. The sorority's members consist of undergraduate, graduate, and professional women. Some famous Zetas include Minnie Ripperton, Sheryl Underwood, and the late Esther Rolle. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa and to develop youth auxillary groups. The Sorority encompasses nine regions. These regions are located throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, The Bahama Islands, Eastern Caribbean Islands, West Africa and Germany. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. has over 100,000 members and is still growing!
Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork's Nests. Last year, the Stork's Nest program served over 28,000 women.
The Stork's Nest Program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education. Stork's Nest clients "earn" points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits. The Stork's Nest prenatal education sessions provide information, educational materials, and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies.
In 1997, Zeta celebrated its 25th anniversary of collaboration with the March of Dimes. The program was updated to include a new national logo, new educational materials and new incentive items for those mothers participating in the program.
Z-HOPE - Zetas Helping Other People Excel
From the Sorority's inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Spanning the Sorority's nearly thirty-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society.
It is within this framework that International Grand Basileus Barbara C. Moore proudly introduces the new International Service Initiative for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.: Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel ™. "Since 1920, our national service programs have evolved to meet the critical societal needs of the time," said International Grand Basileus Moore. "This administration has identified some key areas of concern as part of our programmatic thrust, and all of our efforts will be consolidated under the banner of Z-HOPE."
What are the objectives of Z-HOPE?
Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, corresponding measures of success and a mechanism for chapter recognition. The primary objectives are: