10 Famous Women Who Were in Sororities

10 famous women who were in sororities

famous women who were in sororities

According to USA Today, since 1825, all but three U.S. presidents have been members of a fraternity. Not to mention the fact that 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives were part of Greek life. But what about the women who were in sororities? Well, the first female astronaut was in a sorority, as was the first female senator and, of course, Elle Woods. But we came up with a few more notable ladies that you may not have known were in sororities.

1. Lucy Liu

Liu was a transfer student at the University of Michigan when she decided to join the Chi Omega sorority. She was also active in the theater scene, landing the lead in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Other notable Chi Omega ladies include Sela Ward and Joane Woodward.

2. Alicia Keyes

The famous singer dropped out of Columbia University to pursue her music career, but she later became an honorary member of the historically African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.

3. Katie Couric

The famously perky Couric was a member of Delta Delta Delta at the University of Virginia. The Tri-Delts support children’s cancer charities, namely St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. While at UVA, she also served in several positions at the school’s award-winning daily newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. During her third year at UVA, Couric was chosen to live as Head Resident of The Lawn, the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s academic village. She graduated in 1979 with a degree in American Studies.

Other notable Delta alums include Elizabeth Banks.

4. Condoleeza Rice

Rice joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority the same year she switched majors (piano to poli sci). But because Alpha Chi was a sorority with musical origins, she didn’t feel like she was totally abandoning her passion. The sorority’s first constitution declared, “The object of this fraternity is as follows: To attain the highest musical culture and to cultivate those principles that embody true womanhood.”

5. Kate Spade

After transferring to Arizona State University, where she majored in journalism, Spade became a member of the Omega chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She also worked in a motorcycle bar. That’s right, Kate Spade worked in a motorcycle bar.

6. Jennifer Garner

The Hollywood lady was part of the Pi Beta Pi sorority at Denison University. She studied drama there when she wasn’t doing sorority activities.

7. Tory Burch

She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. Ironically, a sorority at Cornell got in trouble for making its members wear her classic Reva flats.

8. Erin Andrews

Andrews attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in telecommunications. While in college she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and the Florida Gators Dazzlers dance team from 1997 to 2000.

9. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The former Seinfeld star and Vice President on VEEP was a member of Delta Gamma at Northwestern University. I wonder if she was the clown of her sorority. She certainly is now.

10. Sara Blakely

The youngest woman to ever grace the cover of Forbes‘ Billionaire list was a member of Delta Delta Delta at Florida State University. If someone ever makes fun of sorority girls, just point to this very smart lady who has changed the undergarment industry ever.

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the former editor in chief of the women's career site, The Grindstone. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire @ Work, The Jane Dough, DailyWorth, SheKnows.com, Business Insider and Learnvest. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys reading, jogging, SoulCycle and playing with her small dog, Otis.