Women In Politics You Should Know About: National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities

BLFF Team | Feb 12, 2024


Happy Black History Month from Gender on the Ballot! As we continue to celebrate, we’d like to highlight women in politics you should know about: National Panhellenic Council Sororities edition. The NPHC sororities are a group of four historically black organizations with principles of Scholarship, Service, and Sisterhood.  


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 


Bernice King, Civil Rights Leader and daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

Image: BerniceKing.com 


Kamala Harris, First Woman, African-American, and Asian Vice President and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history

Image: White House.gov 


Sheila Jackson Lee, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’s 18th District

Image: House.gov 


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated 


Carol Moseley Braun, First African-American female to serve in the Senate, and first female U.S. Senator from Illinois, serving one term from 1992 through 1998

Image: Senate.gov 


Ketanji Brown Jackson, First African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court

Image: Supreme Court Historical Society 


Shirley Franklin, 58th Mayor of Atlanta, first woman mayor of the city and first African-American woman to be elected mayor of a major Southern City

Image: Shirley Franklin X.com 


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated 


Anita Hill, Attorney, law professor, and civil rights activist

Image: Anita Hill X.com 


Rashia Tlaib, U.S. Representative from Michigan, first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress

Image: Congress.gov 


Dr. Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, Former U.S. Education Chief, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Chairperson of the New Jersey Board of higher Education

image: Schlesinger Library 


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated 


Aisha Braveboy, former Maryland state delegate and state’s attorney for Prince Georges County

  Image: Aisha Braveboy 


Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Vice Chair and Founding Member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Image: Congress.gov 


Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, First African-American female to serve on the state legislator in Florida

Image: Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association  


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