Founders

HISTORY

PICTURED: Ida Bienstock Landau (middle) & Eva Effron Robin (right)

On March 17, 1917, five courageous Jewish women attending New York University School of Law could not find a membership accepting of all backgrounds. Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eve Effron Robin & Sylvia Steierman Cohn, referred to as the "DIMES", formed Delta Phi Epsilon with the purpose of accepting all races and religions– one of the first non-sectarian, social sororities to do so.

Attending law school when you don’t have basic voting rights is a bold move. Our Founders were bold, courageous students who challenged the status quo and did not let society define their future. They were forward-thinking women who saw beyond what a sorority was and knew what it could be.

 

Today, our Sorority stays true to our founding. Members find more than a home or friendship in DPhiE. We find empowerment to live authentic and purposeful lives.

"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..."

- The Founders