History of Iota Iota Iota:
Iota Iota Iota, the Women's Studies Honor Society, was created at the Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1988. The Alpha Chapter of Iota Iota Iota (a.k.a. Triota) at Metropolitan State College of Denver
held its first induction ceremony in the fall of 1992 in order to recognize the academic achievements of students in Women's Studies. The Greek letter, iota, was selected for the name to represent the three goddesses Inana, Ishtar, and Isis. Iota Iota Iota strives to maintain the feminist values central to Women's Studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and a celebration of the diversity of women's experiences.
The foundation of this society grew out of a desire for recognition of achievement in women's studies, and the mission of the society is one of service to other women students. The purpose of Triota is to encourage and support scholarship and excellence in women's studies.
Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis:
Goddesses represented by Iota Iota Iota
Inanna was one of the primary deities of Sumer, a civilization that flourished from around 3500 BCE to 2500 BCE. She was known as the queen of the land, the source of the earth's life blood. According to some stories, she renewed her virginity each year by descending into the underworld. Mary Daly, who has reinterpreted many words referring to women, suggests that a virgin may be thought of as a wild, lusty, unsubdued woman.
Ishtar was the great goddess of Babylonia, a civilization located in the south of present-day Iraq from around 1800 to 1000 BCE. Ishtar - or Star - was the Light of the World, the Lawgiver, the Queen of all Men. Mary Daly might call her the Audacious Truthsayer: unafraid, naming the problems, boldly telling the Truth.
Isis was the primary goddess of ancient Egypt, beginning around 3000 BCE. Worship of Isis lasted well into the first millenium of the Christian Era, and many believe she became identified with Christianity's virgin mother Mary. Isis was the goddess from whom all else arose - the Creator, the Giver of Life, the Mother of All.