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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Many people assume sororities are composed of blonde, loud, wealthy women because that’s what they see in movies, but they’re wrong. Sororities are composed of unique women who come from diverse backgrounds and families. Some sorority women are first-generation college students, some are four-time sorority legacies, some practice different religions, some are international students and some have part-time jobs or internships. There is more to sorority women than what you see in movies and the media.

Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, for example, joined a sorority during college. She was the first female African-American to be appointed U.S. Secretary of State, and she is now a professor at Stanford University. Dr. Rice’s hard-working attitude, dedication and passion make her a great sorority woman.
 
Another sorority woman determined to improve the world is Nancy Goodman Brinker. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008, she was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 for her humanitarian work.
 
Our featured sorority woman of the month, Matilyn Kerr, also demonstrates that there is more to a sorority woman than just her letters. Kerr is a senior at South Dakota State University, and she is in the process of launching her own retail business. She is not afraid to take chances and work for what she wants. “I want to launch a business because I have always been drawn to entrepreneurship, and I would like to add value to people's lives with my products. The hardest part is starting. I have many fears that no one will buy my products, and it will be a huge flop. However, that is the risk of becoming an entrepreneur; you never really know what will happen next.”

Even though sorority women can be stereotyped as ditzy, obnoxious partiers on TV, they aren’t like that in reality. Sorority women are unique, but they are brought together by their values and focus on academics, leadership and philanthropy.

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