Monday, February 16, 2015

Celebrate International Badge Day

Join the Lehigh Panhellenic Council and the sorority community in celebrating International Badge Day on Monday, March 2nd.  

International Badge Day was established in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference to set aside a day for women -- in sororities in all different umbrella organizations -- throughout the world to wear their sorority badges or letters in a celebration of sisterhood.

This year’s theme is: “Wear Your Letters on Your Heart.” 

Join us in celebrating by "Wearing Your Letters on Your Heart" and inviting all sorority women you know to do the same! You can also wear your badge virtually by making it your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. that day.

More information can be found on the Facebook invite at  Over 18,000 women have RSVP'ed to participate from across the globe. 

Q: When did International Badge Day start? 
A: The celebration to honor sisterhood was started in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference. The date is recognized during March, which is also National Women’s History Month and set aside for International Women’s Day. The inaugural campaign was titled: “It’s as Simple as Wearing your Pin … With Pride.” 

Q: Who started this tradition? 
A: The creation of this event was the idea of a sorority woman. In the spring 1996 issue of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s “The Phoenix,” Nora M. Ten Broeck wrote an article titled: “A Simple Solution — Wear Your Membership Badge Today.” The article described her personal experience of wearing her sorority pin to work one day. 

Q: Who participates in International Badge Day? 
A: International Badge Day celebrates the common sorority experience. In the spirit of global interfraternal relations, NPC invites the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc., the National Multicultural Greek Council, the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Inc. women’s groups to participate.