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Labels, as inappropriate or superficial as they seem, exist. Most of the time, in fact, labels and stereotypes exist for a reason. Because of this, ill thoughts about a group or type of person linger.

Hollywood’s portrayal of a sorority woman is almost always over-the-top and quite frankly, insulting. Legally Blonde, The House Bunny, and others depict sorority women as superficial, seemingly unintelligent, and materialistic. These stereotypes are perpetuated by the popular website TotalSororityMove.com, which, to my dismay, is widely circulated. As prominent as the negative stereotypes are, it is vital that the sorority women of Loyola University Chicago receive the credit they deserve.

The six sororities on campus, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Phi Sigma Sigma, are full of intelligent, capable, passionate women. We wear our letters with pride and work tirelessly for the betterment of ourselves and our community through philanthropic events, chapter workshops, sisterhood bonding, and more.

As a proud sister of Alpha Delta Pi, I can attest that being a sorority woman has allowed me to grow academically and spiritually. Please understand, though, that this is not exclusive to my chapter. The love and support of all members of the Panhellenic community at Loyola has connected me with so many driven, genuine women.

To those critical of the Greek system, I understand. With endless news stories of fraternities and sororities hazing new members or propagating discrimination and hate, it only seems natural to see Greek Life as parasites on college campuses.  However, the popular quote, “From the outside looking in you can’t understand it, but from the inside looking out you can’t explain it,” could not be more accurate. However, it is necessary that people begin to understand the capabilities and accomplishments of sorority women.

I am strong, I am dedicated, I am empowering, and I am compassionate. Why? Because I am a sorority woman. 

Maura Partridge is a junior Advertising/Public Relations major with minors in Marketing and Spanish. She currently serves as Her Campus Loyola's Marketing and Publicity Director.
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