The Betty Lamp was chosen for the logo of the American Home Economics Association as the result of a contest in 1926. The Betty Lamp continued as the logo of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) after the name change in 1994. In colonial days, the Betty Lamp provided light for all household industries. Representing the light in the home and the light of the mind, the Betty Lamp is an appropriate logo for AAFCS and all the associated disciplines.
Early in the 20th century, the Betty Lamp was adopted as a "symbol of learning." The beam of this Betty Lamp symbolizes the following: