In March, we reach out to all of our Panhellenic members and ask them to celebrate our history by recognizing every NPC member group’s part in the achievements accomplished by women. Often overlooked and often underappreciated, the milestones of women in history deserve a day of recognition.
International Badge Day was started by NPC in 1997. The event coincides with National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. This is the also the fourth year we’re observing diversity and our shared sorority experience with other interfraternal groups including the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the National Multicultural Greek Council, the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.
As we organize our International Badge Day celebrations across the country on Monday, March 5, there’s more to be done on the behalf of women in this nation – such as supporting the National Women’s History Museum. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York are shepherding the legislation to find a permanent home for the museum in Washington, D.C.
You can view names of well-known women on the petition who support the museum, such as actress Meryl Streep (the group’s national spokeswoman). Notably, titles are missing from those who have signed, perhaps in a gesture that women are not always known best by their titles but by their personal accomplishments.
To support the museum initiative, sign your name on the petition. You can also spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
Don’t forget your own Panhellenic history and pride this month by wearing your sorority badge or letters. You can extend your International Badge Day celebration beyond March 5, and find many resources to use on the NPC website, including a sample editorial, news release, FAQ and more.
This year’s theme is “Wear Your Letters on Your Heart.” Abby Cowart, a Phi Mu from Spring Hill College, designed the event logo.
If you know of a chapter or alumnae group that is sharing their pride in a unique way, let us know by posting special celebration notes, pictures and videos on the International Badge Day Facebook event page and on Twitter.
As we display our Panhellenic pride this month and join with sisters across the globe, do your best to represent women in the best light and under the best of circumstances. Be proud of who you are, what you do and the organizations you represent – on March 5 and every day.
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