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Why Sorority Women

Most sororities were founded in the 19th century in response to the very real obstacles to women achieving a college education. Sorority founders bonded together fiercely to fight for their right to higher education. Today, more than 160 years later—and millions strong—we vow to continue the legacy of our founders by standing together again to help girls and women go to school around the world.

Without education, girls and women all over the world are unable to reach their full potential. Sorority women are fortunate to have the one thing that will help most women out of poverty—an education. As such, we have a responsibility to those less fortunate.

Since the Circle of Sisterhood’s formation in 2010, individual alumnae and sorority communities on college campuses across North America have engaged in this global humanitarian effort to remove barriers to education for girls in the developing world. This movement by sorority women has impacted women and girls in 25 countries on four continents in nine years.

The Circle of Sisterhood is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color, and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women. Collectively, we can do much more than we could as individuals or individual groups.

One person can make a small difference. But as a community of millions of educated women, our collective efforts will be transforming for generations to come. If you are a sorority women, or someone who understands your privilege as an educated person, please help us provide hope and opportunity through education today!

Please explore our website to learn about the critical issues of impoverished and oppressed women around the world and a national movement by sorority women to positively impact our global community by removing barriers to education.