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The Catalyst

A November 2009 Oprah interview with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Around The World, inspired Ginny Carroll, Founder, to establish the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. In the book, authors Kristof and WuDunn share their first-hand accounts of visits to poor countries across the globe where women are subjected daily to violence and oppression solely because of their gender and girls lack the opportunity to go to school, keeping them locked in a life of poverty.

Ginny connected the dots of what she learned from Kristof and WuDunn with her own understanding of the oppression American women experienced in the 1800s, which fueled the sorority movement. As a college-educated woman and a strong proponent of the sorority experience, she felt a responsibility to do something to help girls and women around the world pursue an education.

However, Ginny knew she could not do it alone; as just one person, her impact would be insignificant. But she was well-acquainted with a very large community of college-educated women she knew would help—sorority women.