Hopkins opened its doors to women in the Fall of 1970, with 90 women matriculating for the 1970-1971 school year. It wasn’t until ten years later that three young women, all Hopkins undergraduates, decided to start a sorority to complement the fraternities already instated on campus. Alpha Phi, the very first sorority on the Johns Hopkins campus, became officially recognized in 1982, with a charter class of four women, Kathryn Bohrson, Sharon Lewis, Nancy Nadelmann, and Julie Fishbein. Of these four original Alpha Phi sisters, all of them have children who currently, or recently attended Johns Hopkins—all of whom are members or previous members of the Zeta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi here at Hopkins.
Alpha Phi may have been the first sorority on campus, but it started something that had already been itching in the minds of women at Hopkins for years. Just one year later, a woman named Sue Schreiber facilitated the establishment of Phi Mu, an idea she had been trying to bring to fruition since 1979. Phi Mu received its charter in 1983, and attracted many new members with its philanthropic efforts and quirky traditions. According to the second issue of Greek Rho, the international hit It’s Raining Men must be played at every Phi Mu social event. The popularity of sororities on campus didn’t stop there. Kappa Alpha Theta rolled onto campus in 1997, followed by Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1999.