As a minority in the sea of 450-plus male chiefs, the group of 26 women CEOs in the Fortune 500 have often been referred to as a sorority. Funnily enough, only two of those 26 joined sororities in college. IBM’s (IBM) Ginni Rometty was the president of Northwestern University’s Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter and Oracle’s (ORCL) Safra Catz pledged Chi Omega while a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
But look into the pasts of political women and you’ll find a slew of sorority sisters in some of Washington’s most powerful seats. Before she was a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an Alpha Epsilon Phi at Cornell University. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice joined Alpha Chi Omega, a sorority with an emphasis on music, while attending the University of Denver. And nearly half of the women currently serving in the U.S. Senate pledged sororities before running for office.
The lesson? Pledging a sorority may not be a terrible idea if you’re interested in a political career. Meet the Panhellenic women Senators below:
Kelly Ayotte (R – New Hampshire)
Barbara Boxer (D – California)
Deb Fischer (R – Nebraska)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D – New York)
Gillibrand, who began her Senate gig in 2009, was an officer for her Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at Dartmouth College. The Asian studies major also captained the varsity squash team during her senior year, interned for Republican Senator Al D’Amato and—fun fact—roomed with actress Connie Britton while studying abroad in Beijing.