The non-profit organization DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE was founded on 16 November 1929 in San Francisco, California, under Alexandra Apostolides’ initiative, who created the EOS Chapter #1 with 25 members.
Her inspiration of a strong Hellenic women’s organization has progressed into an international non-profit organization whose members are leaders in philanthropic, educational and cultural activities.
With its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization also has chapters in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. The Daughters of Penelope is an AHEPA affiliate. The AHEPA family consists of four orders : AHEPA (men’s organization), Daughters of Penelope (women’s organization), Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena (youth organizations).
The Daughters of Penelope promote:
THE STORY OF PENELOPE
In ancient Greek mythology, Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, King of Ithaca. Odysseus left her with their son, Telemachus, when he went off to fight in the Trojan War.
After the war ended, numerous mishaps and weary wanderings kept Odysseus from returning home.
As time went on, Odysseus did not return, and many suitors tried to claim Penelope’s hand in marriage. Penelope waited faithfully for her husband’s return while outwitting and warding off her suitors. She insisted she could not remarry until she had finished weaving a shroud for the eventual funeral of her father-in-law, Laertes. She claimed that she would remarry as soon as the shroud was completed. At night, she secretly unraveled what she had woven by day. In the end, her husband Odysseus returned home after an absence of twenty years.
The name of our Order, Daughters of Penelope, symbolizes all the noble virtues that made up the character of Penelope.
Penelope & the Suitors
John William Waterhouse – 1912
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The Daughters of Penelope additionally support:
The Daughters of Penelope are internationally involved in local community projects: