Delta Phi Epsilon (or DPhiE) is an international sorority founded on March 17, 1917 at New York University Law School in New York City. It is one of 26 social sororities that form the National Panhellenic Conference. On March 17, 1917, at the New York University School of Law, Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin, and Sylvia Steierman Cohn made a pledge to each other to build a women's organization that would stand out from the rest. These five women founded the Alpha chapter of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority to 'promote good fellowship among the women students among the various colleges in the country...to create a secret society composed of these women based upon their good moral character, regardless of nationality or creed...to have distinct chapters at various colleges'.
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