PSA: Stop Slut Shaming!


A black screen shows up with the white words: "PSA: STOP SLUT SHAMING" and below those words, "PHI KAPPA ZETA SORORITY."


Another black screen shows up with the white words: "Warning: Video Includes Trigger Words."


Sister Hillary Adelaide Peters is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a solid colored brown shirt with her hair down. Three bracelets are on her right hand. She has a somber expression as she says:

"Slut shaming is the idea of shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for: being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging/talking about sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings.

Sister Margaret Sue Kopp is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a solid colored black shirt with her hair up, bangs prominent on her face. A tattoo is on her left bicep. She has a serious face on as she says:

“Slut shaming is when society makes a woman feel guilty and inferior for being open about her sexuality or for not following society's expectations about sex, such as having sex before marriage, sex with multiple partners, being open about her sex life, et cetera.”

Sister Kaleen Marie Hatfield is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a black solid colored shirt with a grey cardigan. Her blonde hair is tied back and she is wearing black framed glasses. Her face is serious as she signs out: “Slut shaming damages not only the girls and women who are targeted, but society as a whole.”


Sister Lourdes Valenzuela is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a black solid shirt with a decorative necklace. Her silver hair is highlighted with purple and blue, her expression calm as she signs out: “Slut shaming happens when a person publicly or privately insults a woman because she expressed her sexuality in a way that doesn’t follow society’s expectations.”

Sister Brittany Ann Farr is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a black solid long-sleeved shirt with a white fluffy scarf. Her black curly hair is down and pinned to the side, her tone informative as she signs out: “Slut shaming happens to women who are not ashamed/open about their sex lives and are sexually aggressive but it can happen to any woman who’s had sex… even virgins!”

Sister Lauren Rose-Zita Goldberg  is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a light grey solid long-sleeved shirt with a maroon scarf. Her hair is tied up into a bun, her face is light as she says: “FYI - you can still be slut shaming someone even if you don’t use the word ‘slut.’”


Sister Alanna Clara Laughrey is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a tan solid shirt, her blonde hair is down past her shoulders. She is wearing wire rimmed glasses as she informs with a neutral expression: “Did you know that in a study of North American English, it was identified that there were 220 words for a sexually promiscuous woman, but only 20 for a sexually promiscuous man?”

Sister Tarja Megan Lewis is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a dark grey patterned shirt. Her hair is pulled back into a bun and her wide framed, red glasses encircles her eyes. She is descriptive as she says: “The 220 words to describe promiscuous women all have negative meaning behind them, except for one word which was neutral: “sex-kitten.”

Whereas the 20 words that describe promiscuous men were words like “Don Juan,” “Casanova,” and “Romeo”… Those words have historical meaning behind them and do not have negative meanings behind them, and they imply that the male is cool or suave for being promiscuous. “

Sister Brittany Ann Farr appears again, saying: “The word, “slut,” has different meanings when applied to men and when it’s applied to women. When men are called sluts, it’s just to criticize his sexual habits or private life. When women are called sluts, it’s to dismiss what she’s saying, what she’s doing, or even dismissing her worth as a person. Slut. Same word, but the impact on both genders are very different.”


Sister Margaret Sue Kopp appears again, signing out: “Why do people slut shame? It’s a cheap and easy way to feel superior. Calling a woman a slut (or any other derogatory sexual word) makes the accuser feel like they are the better person and that they are more “important” than the “slut.” 


Sister Lauren Rose-Zita Goldberg appears again, saying: “You might think calling a woman a slut is not a big deal but know this --- once a young woman receives a reputation for being a “slut,” it can damage her self-perception (self-confidence) for years. People  could start to see her sexual openness as an invitation to treat her like a sex object, which could possibly lead to her being a target for different types of harassment or something even worse. 

Sister Kaleen Marie Hatfield appears again, signing out: “If a woman has the reputation of being a “slut,” she could either, despite not being sexually active before the slut shaming, become extremely sexually active with a large number of partners or she might become resistant to others and shut down her sexual side completely, wearing baggy clothes and being unable to allow even her partner to touch her.”

Sister Briella Maria Diaz is standing in front of a white tiled background surrounded by soft light. She is wearing a dark purple solid long-sleeved shirt. Her hair is tied back in a messy bun and her tone is firm as she says: “How many times has rape been discounted because a woman was deemed a slut? How many times are women called whores while their partners beat them? How often are women’s sexual histories used against them in workplace harassment cases?

The sexual double standard is not okay, and it is dangerous and it is not safe. 


Sister Lourdes Valenzuela appears again, smiling as she says: “We need to teach society to respect women as individuals and as a whole.”

Sister Hillary Adelaide Peters appears again, her tone soft as she signs out: “Parents should be open about sexuality with their children; they should teach their daughters and sons that girls as well as boys have sexual feelings, and that sexual feelings are entirely normal.”

Sister Briella Maria Diaz appears again, her tone informative as she signs: “Teachers must recognize that slut-bashing is a serious problem, not something that is normal for “high school life.” Slut-shaming is a form of sexual harassment. If a teacher witnesses slut-shaming, they must make sure that it stops. This is why it’s so important for teachers and school administrators to educate their students on why sexual harassment is not okay. 

Sister Alanna Clara Laughrey appears again, signing out: “Many of us know that the stigma surrounding sluts is unfair and unnecessary but we STILL use the word slut as an insult. Society’s influence on us is too strong, we have to remind ourselves to be aware of sexual double standards every day. If we become aware of our behavior, then we will have the power to stop.

Sister Tarja Megan Lewis appears again in conclusion, wrapping it up as she says: “But the most important thing that all of us (men and women) need to work on is this: to stop calling or thinking of women as “sluts.” Stand up for women everywhere when you speak out against slut shaming. If you see something that bothers you, say something.”

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EUPHORIA 2K15: Owlywood

Hello, Gallaudet!

The Collegiate Sisters of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority is excited to announce that we will be hosting EUPHORIA 2K15: Owlywood on Saturday, December 5th at Ole Jim! All proceeds will go to the National Writing & ASL Competition scholarships.

Let's end the year of 2015 with a bang. See you all there!

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College & Alumna Sisters: Pre-Homecoming After Dinner Social

Pre-Homecoming After Dinner Social

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Gallaudet University
Ole Jim Upper Level
Admission at door: $5.00  (Donations go to our Scholarship Funds)

Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP by Sunday, October 18th to Members-at-Large, Sisters Kathleen Russell Setzer & Norma Halischak Clapp at

Long Live Phi Kappa Zeta!

Deaf HERstory Exhibit Opens at Gallaudet



The grand opening of Gallaudet University Museum's latest exhibit, Deaf HERstory, will take place on September 29, 2015 at 12:30 p.m in the Museum Annex in JSAC. The exhibit traces the history and lives of Deaf women in the United States, examining their stories through the lenses of Women's Lives, Education, Movement and Action, and Overcoming Struggle. The magnificient HERstory exhibit also features important historical tidbits of O.W.L.S. and the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority.

The opening will feature several speakers including Sisters Vicki Hurwitz, Dr. Jane Norman, and Dr. Arlene Blumenthal Kelly.

More information:

Alpha Gamma Chapter hosts Wine & Cheese Splash



On September 12th, Alumna Sisters got together for group therapy at Alpha Gamma Chapter's Wine & Cheese Splash in Frederick, Maryland.

Front row (L to R) : Sisters Bridgetta Bourne- Firl, Sue Smith, Delia Lozano-Martinez, Marjorie Sonnenstrahl and Virginia Morford

2nd row (L to R): Sisters Virginia Luke, Elaine Herzig, Marcia Kolander, Agnes Padden, Mary Lynn Lally, Melinda Padden and Kami Padden

3rd row (L to R): Sisters Ruth Ann Schornstein, Michelle Gough, Betsie Kulikova, Adora Lehmann, Grace Steingieser, Janet Mertz-Witzcak, Connie Nagy, Ursa Rewolinski, Rita Corey, Jane Kuzoian, Marcia Zisman, Touria Boren, Sara Lee Herzig, Marsha Flowers and Lorraine Stoltz

4th row (L to R): Sisters Shana Lehmann, Jolene Luttrell, Tamara Jo Coleman, Judy Pfau, Michelle Ailstock and Terri Dietz

Not pictured: Sisters Bette Hicks & Janie Pearson

Sister Elena Ciccarelli Honored For Being the First Four-Year, Three-Sport Student-Athlete

Sister Elena Theresa Ciccarelli unveils the plague with Gallaudet University Athletic Director Michael Weinstock, which is now up on the wall next to Alumna Sister Ronda Jo Miller's retired basketball jersey at Field House. © GALLAUDET ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT.

Sister Elena Theresa Ciccarelli unveils the plague with Gallaudet University Athletic Director Michael Weinstock, which is now up on the wall next to Alumna Sister Ronda Jo Miller's retired basketball jersey at Field House. © GALLAUDET ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT.

Sister Elena Theresa Ciccarelli becomes the first four-year Bison student-athlete to play three different sports in her career! To read more, go to

Alumna Sister Miranda Medugno Named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical-HELEN Production

Alumna Sister Miranda Marisa Paddon Medugno becomes the first Gallaudet graduate ever to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical-HELEN production for her role as Helen Keller in Visible Language. Being one of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, the Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and is currently a graduate student in Gallaudet's Master of Arts program in Sign Language Education. As a student, she played Ophelia in Hamlet (2012), as well as the title roles in Alice in Wonderland (2013), and Lysistrata (2013). Miranda interned twice with Faction of Fools, a Washington, D.C.-based Commedia dell'Arte theater company in its fourth year of residency at Gallaudet, cast as a servants in The Mandrake (2011), and as Lavinia in Titus Andronicus (2014). -Gallaudet University

PKZ’s 2013 Woman of the Year: Claudia Gordon

The National Organization of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority, Inc, is pleased to announce the selection of Claudia Gordon, Esq. as its Woman of the Year. Ms. Gordon will be honored at a Tea Luncheon on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Gallaudet University. In July, 2013, Ms. Gordon was President Obama's appointee to the White House Office of Public Engagement as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community. She serves as a liaison between the disability community and the Obama administration.

She was formerly with the Department of Labor as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary in the office of Federal Contracts and Compliance. She also served as a senior advisor in the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Mrs. Gordon is the first deaf African-American to become an attorney, and the first deaf graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.

She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000 and became an Equal Justice Foundation Fellow. Ms. Gordon then went on to work for the National Association of the Deaf's Law and Advocacy Center from 2000 to 2002.

Born in Jamaica, Ms. Gordon lost her hearing the age of eight. Because of her hearing loss she could no longer attend school in Jamaica, and by the age of 11 her mother had moved to New York City where Ms. Gordon was enrolled at the Lexington school for the Deaf, learning sign language for the first time.

Ms. Gordon is active in a variety of community activities, including the National Black Deaf Association (NBDA) and the National Coalition for Disability Rights. She also serves on Gallaudet University's Board of Trustees and the Board of the Lexington School for the Deaf.

Tickets for the Saturday, November 9th Tea Luncheon (which is open to all women) can be purchased online at

Sister Sandy McLennon Named Honorary Coach for Saturday's Football Game

Sister Sandy McLennon, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Recreation at Gallaudet University was nominated as "Honorary" Gallaudet Football Coach for the Bison's game last Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. The honor recognizes McLennon's commitment to teaching and leading the Bison student-athletes on a daily basis in the classroom and going above and beyond her job requirements to ensure their success. Her impact on the student-athletes is recognized and appreciated by the coaches as well.

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2013 NPKZ Woman of the Year & Tea Luncheon

To Women of the Metro Washington, DC Community, you are warmly invited to attend the National Organization of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority Woman of the Year and Tea Luncheon.

Mistress of ceremonies: Sister Tabitha Jacques

Guest speaker: Dr. Genie Gertz, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Location: Student Academic Center Multipurpose Room, Gallaudet University

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 12 - 4:30 pm

Light lunch with tea will be served. Appropriate attire is encouraged. 

For further information, print or download the flyer (PDF).

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Phi Kappa Zeta & Delta Epsilon Sororities’ Woman Scholarship Fund. This fund will provide financial assistance for housing to single mothers are enrolled full time at Gallaudet University. This event is sponsored by the National Organization of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority, Inc.

Spring 2013 Pledges of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority


Congratulations to the new pledges of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority for the spring of 2013! Ivy Davis (Sophomore), California Justyna Grela (Junior), Alberta, Canada Lisa Jarashow (Senior), California Michelle Mansfield-Hom (Junior), Maryland Chelsea Morris (Sophomore), Maryland Alexandra Polivanchuk (Freshman), Sweden Kirsten Pudas (Senior), Minnesota Cindy Siebert (Sophomore), Minnesota Bianca Richards-Hamilton (Sophomore), Arizona Claire Tucker (Sophomore), Maryland Nicole Strom (Sophomore), California Shayna Unger (Junior), Maryland Trisha Waddell (Sophomore), Kansas Julia Wallace (Senior), California Bethany Weiner (Sophomore), Maryland

2012 Clickathon!

The Collegiate Sisters of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority is excited to announce our fundraising event, "CLICKATHON" which will take place on October 19 from 7 pm - 2 am at Field House parking lot. Are you up for some competition?! Join the fun & see who stays in their car with seatbelts on the longest!

Support MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) and No Texting and Driving ( and take the pledge to never text/drink and drive. It will be an AWESOME memory for you during your Gallaudet years! E-mail to SIGN UP!

We look forward to seeing you THERE!

A Look Into Summer 2012

Throughout summer of 2012, our sisters embarked on amazing journeys all over the world, gaining experience from doing internships, and seeing unseen places. Sister Jessica Agnes Willoughby, Sister Tandy Samara Lewis, and Kakia Proedros Danielle Ashley Dawn Berrigan had the chance to explore different countries of South East Asia that vary from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Sister Jessica Agnes Willoughby also explored the country of Guayna and taught deaf children theatre. Sister Tiffany Ann Putt was the only one who touched three different continents (eight countries) in seven weeks! Sister Lauren Sonnenstrahl Benedict and Sister Laurie Bessie Rodriguez seized the opportunity to explore Central America. Sister Ashley Elizabeth Bergeron handled her summer fairly well after summer school, backpacked Europe and then went on a road trip across southern US. Sister Corinna Sara Hill was more than thrilled to welcome a new sister-in-law, and later had the chance to backpack Europe (twelve countries). Kakia Logios Janna Alys DiBiase spent two weeks exploring the enchanted state of New Mexico, visiting the White Sands and exploring Roswell. She found the UFO conspiracy a tad bit funny with our Alumna Sister April Rose Bottoms who is currently working her second year with AmeriCorps.

Sister Isabella Kogan had the opportunity to travel with ASL Taglit- Birthright group in Israel for eleven days before heading to Stayton, Oregon where she worked as Administrative Assistant at Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) for six weeks. Sister Noel Elizabeth King, Alumna Sister Renca Lillian Dunn, Alumna Sister Rachel M Benedict, and Alumna Sister Priscilla Ann Joan Biskupiak also worked at YLC this summer. Sister Shea Ammons Rasmus saw plenty of campsites, national parks, historical marks, as well as interesting museums before working at Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, New York as a staff member. Sumbaino Grammareus Ann Summerlin Whited had a quite interesting summer working at summer camps. She was selected among 11 other players to represent the USA at the 2nd World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Bulgaria. She had the honor to play with four of our very own Alumna Sisters - Alumna Pia Marie Paulone, Alumna Sister Justine Barbra Jeter, Alumna Sister Shana Rosalina Lehmann and Alumna Sisters Kristina Ann Burke. The team brought home the Silver. Khrusophulax Maria Karoline Margaret Klassen had a blast in Brazil along with her Canadian volleyball team for PanAm Games and brought home the Silver. She also enjoyed working at Deaf Youth Today camp for ten long, but wonderful weeks.

Plenty of our sisters have done doing volunteer work and internships in the states as well as around the world; Sister Danielle Dawn Koplitz volunteered for Junior Achievement Jamaica that lasted for two months along with Alumna Sister Misella Mahina O’Lanai Morita Tomita. Proedros Andrea Theresa Serena Amati spent her summer working for Dr. James A. Smith in the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering at Princeton University. She worked with data imported from an Eddy Covariance sensor, analyzing vegetation and urbanization. Sister Valerie Flora Farr interned at Deaf Hope in the Bay Area and helped her family renovating the house. Sister Amy Marie Bachtel enjoyed the experience of being an intern, working with the Early Intervention Program at Ohio School for the Deaf. Sister Stephanie Cora Johnston completed two internships over the summer, which were obtained through American Association of People with Disabilities’ internship program. She interned for Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's office on the Capitol Hill and a non-profit organization, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. She also was part of a meeting at White House along with other eleven AAPD interns to discuss the future of disability movement, where President Barrack Obama attended!

Anagrapha Grammareus Chanel Mandeville Summer sure had a whirlwind summer, from a spiritual journey in Israel to winning a crown and stressing in between to prepare for upcoming activities at Gallaudet University. She was crowned as the Miss. Deaf America at the NAD Conference in Louisville, KY, and later gave her first of many workshops at Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) throughout her two-year reign. Sister Noel Elizabeth King participated in the NAD Conference as a delegate representing for the Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA), and she was selected as the Vice President for DYUSA organization 2012-2014.

In all, we learned so much about ourselves through exploration this summer. Our personal experiences were truly rewarding, for they brought us with valuable knowledge and insight. It is important to be grateful for the freedom and opportunities we have in this country, as well as for all the loving people that surround us. Now, we’re more than motivated to kick off our year with a bang!

Quick Facts

Did you know that…

  • O.W.L.S was founded on Saturday, January 9, 1892?
  • Agatha Mary Tiegel entered Gallaudet at age 15, became first President of O.W.L.S at age 19, and graduated when she was 20?
  • May Martin was the first Secretary of O.W.L.S.?
  • the first 13 women became charter members of O.W.L.S.?
  • four of the original O.W.L.S hailed from Pennsylvania?
  • three of the original O.W.L.S were Gallaudet College (now University) class valedictorians: Agatha Tiegel, 1893; Lily Bicksler, 1894; and May Martin, 1895?
  • Brown and gold were the original colors of the O.W.L.S?
  • the alumnae came together and formally established the National O.W.L.S at the 1910 National Association of the Deaf conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado?
  • In 1954, the National O.W.L.S, with Adele Gertrude Jensen Krug as its venerable president, gathered and voted to modernize by changing the name of the O.W.L.S to Phi Kappa Zeta?
  • Brown and gold was then replaced with navy blue and white?
  • as of October 2011, there are 1698 Sisters in total?
  • De’VIA artist Chuck Baird painted “WHOOO’S THERE?” in 1992, when O.W.L.S/PKZ celebrated its centennial?

“WHOOO’S THERE?” Acrylic 28 x 34 inches The yellow eyes of an owl double as binoculars through which a birdwatcher peers. Baird, Chuck. Chuck Baird, 35 Plates. San Diego, CA: Dawn Sign Press. 1993


Compiled by Sister Janet Rothenberg Weinstock