It was just a few years ago that I opened that plain envelope containing my bid, and ran to the sorority I had wanted since accepting enrollment at my university. As a naive little freshman, with an overwhelming feeling of acceptance and belonging, I didn’t realize that my stitched letter shirt contained a lot more than Greek letters and a cute vineyard vines pattern.
The media attention for sororities has been less than desirable this year. The viral “selfie video” of Alpha Chi Omegas at Arizona State made each of us think once or twice before participating in a selfie contest at a baseball game.
Or the recruitment video of Alpha Phi at Alabama that had many, like writer A.L. Bailey, thinking sorority women represented “hyper-feminism” and were “racially and aesthetically homogeneous.”
Although, there were a few that defended fraternal institutions saying that videos, like Alpha Phi’s, don’t represent the whole.
What the past few years and couple negative headlines made me realize, is that my letters represent a stereotype that I will have to fight in the classroom, workplace, and among my peers. While the institution as a whole isn't perfect, it does a lot more good than it gets recognized for. The negative attention overshadowed the positive for sorority women in 2015, but it doesn’t have to. Many sororities around the country are trying to shed a positive light on the inner workings of sorority membership. One of those, are the women of Delta Gamma at Ohio University. They have released a series of photos to show that they don’t fit the “typical sorority girl” stereotype.
They are saying they don't have to look or be a certain type of woman.
While some would say their main focus is having fun, sorority women have a higher GPA than those not involved.
And half of the top 10 Fortune 500 Companies CEOs were involved in Greek life.
Even though some of the media attention if 2015 made me cringe with embarrassment on occasion, I am still proud to be a member of a sorority. The truth is that the actions of one do not represent a whole. My sorority membership has taught me how to run a meeting, organize an event, talk in front of people, and network — not blow glitter and dance around in my bikini. The women of Delta Gamma are giving their social network a little inside peek into what it's really like to be in a sorority. So take a look.