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What will Prince William and Kate's baby have in common with Kappa?

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Names, perhaps! But let's be real, we're all abuzz with the prince and duchess's unborn baby. And while some may take their royal fixation to a higher level than others, we all want to know whether the baby is a boy or a girl and, of course, what name will be chosen!

Our famous Kappas may not have royal blood, but they do bleed blue and blue. Bets are on seven favorite names if it's a girl, so let's see how they align with our famous Kappas*.

-such a chic name and it's the middle name of Kate Middleton's sister, Pippa. It's no wonder Charlotte York from Sex and the City was a fictional member of Kappa. We also must remember Charlotte Barrell Ware, a Kappa from Boston. She was the second Grand President and her silver candlesticks started what we know as the Passing of the Light ceremony.

charlotte york charlotte ware/ candlesticks

-it may be the name of the current Queen, but in Kappaland it belongs to Elizabeth McKay, founder and creative mind behind the fashionable brand Elizabeth McKay.

elizabeth jenkins

-while none will compete with the royal connection to the name Mary, there are lots of famous Marys in the Kappa lineage.

We have Mary Brooks, a former director of the U.S. Mint; Mary Hickcox Kotker, author and founder of The Well Spouse Foundation; Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch, a social worker and former longtime president of the National Public Housing Conference; Mary Carlin Yates, the former U.S. Ambassador to Burundi and Ghana; and, of course, Mary Maxwell Gates, who was the first woman to chair the national United Way's executive committee and, yes, she is also the mother of Bill Gates.

We also have Marys that may not make Wikipedia's list of famous Kappas, but they do make it into our history books.

Mary Griffith Canby was the Grand President from 1906-08, and she had her mail delivered to her on top of a mountain during her presidency! Then there's Mary M. Kingsbury, who was the first historian of Kappa and head of the Greenwich House in New York City. And who could forget Mary Frances Ball, who was the leader of the YWCA, but she was also the first initiate of Kappa Chapter at Hillsdale and the chapter's first bride!

mary brooks

Wikipedia doesn't mention any Alexandras, Dianas, Victorias or Carolines-but we do love our Kates!

Notably, we have Kate Spade, of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. We also have Kate Jackson who may be best known for her role in Charlie's Angels. And we shouldn't forget Kate Shelley,the hero who saved many lives from a train disaster in 1881.Shelley also was a member of the original Omicron Chapter, which closed in 1890.

The anticipation is mounting! What baby name(s) do you think will reign queen? (pun intended.)



*Famous Kappas noted are cited from Wikipedia,

Photo Credits:
Charlotte York, HBO
Elizabeth McKay, http://www.emckay.com/about/history
Mary Brooks, http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/Gold_all_there_when_Ft_Knox_opened_doors

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By Anne Gillman, Delta Tau, USC

When I was initiated into the Delta Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2006, I was so grateful for the group of young women I had the opportunity to get to know over the next four years. Little did I know, this was only the beginning of forming friendships with Kappas all around the world.

I was about to move to Taiwan right after graduation, and I wanted to stay connected to Kappa. I started helping with the Keys Overseas Facebook group, and since then I have been lucky enough to meet Kappas in many different corners of the globe.  [Anne is the moderator for Key Overseas, which connects members of Kappa Kappa Gamma who live abroad.] Traveling and living abroad can feel lonely when I am so far away from family and friends. It can really help to connect with someone I have something in common with, especially when I share with her the special bond of being a Kappa.

Some special moments have stood out while traveling, like having lunch with a Kappa on a beautiful beach in Sydney, Australia. I also met a Kappa in Hong Kong, Ashley Christensen, who became one of my closest friends in the city. We continued to meet up with other Kappas living in or visiting Hong Kong, and at one point there were four of us in the city. It was always a little difficult to explain exactly how we had all met each other!  In Hong Kong, Ashley was working at one of the top four international accounting firms, where she championed female leadership and success in the workplace while raising two young boys. I look up to her and stay in touch with her to this day.  

Keys Overseas
Photo by Sherry Lin
(From left): Ashley Christensen, Jamie Boelens, Emi Ota and Anne Gillman

This summer, I’m living in Bangkok for an internship at the U.S. Embassy. While I have not yet met any Kappas here, the receptions and social events that the diplomats host for our local contacts have allowed me to use many of the mingling and conversation skills I started to develop during recruitment at Kappa.  It has been a reminder of the relevance of the experience of being a Kappa worldwide.  

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