National Women's Friendship Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in September. It was created in 1999 by Kappa Delta Sorority to encourage women everywhere to celebrate their special women friends.
The celebration is additionally honored by the governors of several states who were among the first to make Governor's Proclamations endorsing National Women's Friendship Day.
By Proclamation, National Women's Friendship Day
WHEREAS, friendship among women is central to the success and well-being of women; and
WHEREAS, women friends create a climate of care and support that strengthens women in times of need and in times of joy, thus promoting a more vibrant community; and
WHEREAS, we are blessed with countless women of good will and good works who unite, through friendship, to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of our citizens; and
WHEREAS, we value our female citizens and recognize the importance of friendship to the well being of women; and
WHEREAS, National Women's Friendship Day is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the special role women play in our society;
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby proclaimed that the third Sunday in each September shall be
NATIONAL WOMEN'S FRIENDSHIP DAY
and all citizens are urged to join in this observance.
National Women's Friendship Day Proclamations have been signed by the Governors of these states.
Alabama, Alaska , Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming.
Kappa Delta Sorority was founded in 1897 in Farmville, Virginia. It has over 186,000 members, 128 active collegiate chapters and 487 chartered alumnae associations nationwide. Kappa Delta is active in a number of philanthropic causes. It has given over $7 million to the prevention of child abuse, over $2 million to Children‘s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and over $1 million to orthopaedic research. In 1998 Kappa Delta Sorority entered into a partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA to provide mentoring and funding to young girls across the country. In 1999 the sorority established a collaboration with the Association of Junior Leagues International to study and promote the involvement of women in community leadership. The sorority‘s national headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee.