Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ) (known as ZTA or Zeta) is an international women's fraternity, founded on October 15, 1898 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. International Office is located in Carmel, Indiana. Zeta Tau Alpha is the second largest group in the National Panhellenic Conference with more than 257,000 initiated members.[1]


This women's fraternity was founded in 1898 at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia and is a part of the "Farmville Four." The "Farmville Four" refers to the four women's fraternities founded at the school, Alpha Sigma Alpha (1901), Kappa Delta (1897), Sigma Sigma Sigma (1898), and Zeta Tau Alpha (1898).[2]

ZTA's founding sisters, known as the "Founders":

  • Maud Jones Horner (Died August 20, 1920)
  • Della Lewis Hundley (Died July 12, 1951)
  • Alice Bland Coleman (Died June 11, 1956)
  • Mary Campbell Jones Batte (Died December 3, 1957)
  • Alice Grey Welsh (Died June 21, 1960)
  • Ethel Coleman Van Name (Died January 24, 1964)
  • Helen May Crafford (Died September 17, 1964)
  • Frances Yancey Smith (Died April 23, 1977)
  • Ruby Leigh Orgain (Died October 22, 1984)[3]


The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation (known as the ZTA Foundation) was established in 1954. It currently has partnerships with the American Cancer Society, in which the ZTA Foundation is the National Survivor Ambassador of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; the National Football League (partnership established in 1999), for which the ZTA Foundation distributes pink ribbons as part of the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" campaign; and Bright Pink, in which the Brighten Up Educational Workshop is brought to each collegiate chapter.[1] Notable past partners include the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which the ZTA Foundation partnered with from 1992 to 2015.

Zeta Tau Alpha has copyrighted the phrase "Think Pink," which is a registered trademark of ZTA with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[4] Since then, this term has become the umbrella theme for all of their breast cancer education and awareness projects.[5]


The Founders chose the colors, the flower, and the motto of Zeta Tau Alpha to represent the fraternity.[3] The five-pointed crown is the primary official symbol of the fraternity.[3] The strawberry is a secondary symbol after the crown.[3] The white violet is the official flower of ZTA,[3] and the official colors are turquoise blue and steel gray.[3] ZTA has no official jewel or gemstone.

In addition, the Founders chose Themis in 1903 as their patron goddess to represent the fraternity. Today, Themis is also the name of ZTA's quarterly magazine which features collegiate and alumnae chapter news, photos and achievements.[6]


Zeta Tau Alpha has 254 collegiate chapters as of January 2018. There are 171 active collegiate chapters and 238 active alumnae chapters. There are alumnae chapters in many cities and regions in the United States and a virtual alumnae chapter, ZTAlways.[7]

Even as an alumna, a woman is always considered a part of ZTA. Current members of ZTA are referred to as Zetas, and the sorority is commonly shortened to Zeta or ZTA, opting for the English spelling, rather than the Greek letters. Their open motto is "Seek the Noblest."[7]

Fraternity operations

"ZTA has 150 volunteer National Officers and more than 2,000 additional volunteers working at the local level. These women are helped by a professional staff of 36 at International Office".[3]

In the 2010–2012 biennium, the ZTA Foundation raised $6 million that went toward scholarships for 482 members, promoted the Zeta Tau Alpha philanthropy, developed leadership opportunities, and educated members on important women's issues.[8]

Notable members



  1. ^ a b "Zeta Tau Alpha". Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kappa Delta". San Jose University. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Zeta Tau Alpha. New Member Workbook. Indianapolis, IN. Zeta Tau Alpha International Office, 2007.
  4. ^ "National Philanthropy". www.wcupa.org. Group Interactive Networks (GIN). Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
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  6. ^ "Symbols". Zeta Tau Alpha Official Website. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "ZTA international website". ZTA international website. 
  8. ^ 2010–2012 Biennial Report. Zeta Tau Alpha. 2012. 
  9. ^ "Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Notable Zetas". Zeta Tau Alpha. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  11. ^ "The heart of a healthy lifestyle". Themis. Winter 2013. 
  12. ^ Fontenot, Rebecca (2008). "Word-Perfect". Texas Exes. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  13. ^ Sanchez, Lorena (June 19, 2011). "Miss NM Brittany Toll out after swimsuit competition". El Paso Times. 
  14. ^ a b "Wearing another crown: Miss Florida and Miss Indiana". Zeta Tau Alpha official site. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tiffany Maher dances her way into the finals". Zeta Tau Alpha official site. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Officers". University of North Carolina ZTA. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 

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