P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women
celebrate the advancement of women; educate women
through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and
stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women
to achieve their highest aspirations.


The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded January 21, 1869 on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College,
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. It is an international organization which bases its principles on philanthropy,
providing educational opportunities for women, love, and friendship.  P.E.O. began in Arizona in 1912
when Faith McKee, known as the “Mother of Arizona P.E.O.”, organized the cornerstone of Arizona P.E.O.,
Chapter A, in Phoenix.  Arizona State Chapter was organized at the first
Convocation of Arizona Chapters in 1931 with eleven chapters. 


Today, Arizona State Chapter has nearly 6,000 members.