Been there, heard that. Stereotypes exist for almost every walk of life, and it can be frustrating. The “common” stereotypes geared towards sorority women are just that, and at times they can be downright insulting. You combat them every day by ignoring such ignorance and becoming the best [sorority] woman you can be. If you need a little more backup, here are 5 Stereotypes about Sorority Women, Busted!
- “Sorority women are dumb/stupid/airheaded.”…etc.
If you have watched any sort of movie or TV show where sorority women were presented then you know exactly what we are talking about. Unfortunately, this stereotype doesn’t just live inside the Hollywood blockbusters or primetime line up. Just because some sorority women love glitter, crafting and a good selfie from time to time doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a good book or even a fun night of equation solving. On average, sorority women hold the highest GPA’s over the student body, including their male counterparts aka fraternity men. Every Greek organization has GPA requirements, and women’s organizations are not exempt from that. The GPA required to rush a sorority and maintain active status varies between organizations. However, most require a 2.8 or above to participate. Greek students at the University of Central Florida reported a record high GPA average among Greeks. Of those students, women led the pack with an average GPA of 3.2.
Not only do Greeks have awesome GPA’s, they are also more likely to pursue graduate degrees and graduate on time. Sorority women use a majority of their time together forming study groups and helping each other succeed. So, next time someone says anything about sorority women being “dumb” or “stupid,” please refer them to this list of accomplished sorority women. It outlines just a fraction of sorority women who are changing the world every day. Then follow it up by saying, “How do you like them apples?”
- “All sorority women do is party.”
Excuse me? I’m sorry, we didn’t hear you over the roar of the chainsaw in the background of this construction site where we are building a house for Habitat for Humanity. Do sorority women like to have fun? Duh! Who doesn’t?! But there is no time to party all day long when you have so many more important things to tend to, like build homes for deserving families, march to find a cure for sick children, walk miles to raise money for communities hit by a natural disaster or donate blood that will save lives every day. As reported by The Sorority Life, during the 2014-2015 year alone sorority women raised more than $34.8 million for charities and donated more than 2.9million hours to worthy causes. Math is not everyone’s strong suite, but we were able to bust out this stat: 2.9 million hours is 4.4 average lifetimes. In one year, sorority women dedicated 4.4 LIFETIMES to helping others. ::insert mind blown emoji here:: So next time someone utters the words, “All sorority women do is party,” make sure to toss that jaw-dropping stat on their lap.
- “Sorority women are so prissy.”
This stereotype is so 1950’s it’s hard to even find the words to defend it. As much as I want to think this is a lost thought, it’s really not. First, women have the right to dress in the very vibrant colors and patterns of Lilly Pulitzer or some people’s preferred color wheel of dark grey to light grey. And they have the right to do so without the label of “prissy” or “color blind.” Also, if you want to be referred to as “prissy” or “girly,” then fly that flag. That’s the point. Be who you want as a sorority woman without anyone’s label pressed upon you. As discussed earlier, sorority women fill so many shoes in our society outside the traditional roles of being moms, housewives or boutique owners (all of which are jobs that need to be filled and hard, especially the mom role). Sorority women are amazing athletes, brave members of the United States Armed Forces, they fight fires, police our streets, farm hundreds of acres of land, deliver babies and so much more. None of those tasks I would describe as “prissy.” Also, check out this great article, titled She Just Looks Like a Sorority Girl, about how assumptions make a “you know what” out of you and me.
- “Sorority women pay for their friends.”
This implies that sorority women are fake and unable to hold real relationships with other women, and that the dues you pay to be a member of your organization are so you can have friends for 4 years. Hmmmm…that is a bit of a stretch. Being a member of a sorority goes well past the 4-5 years you’re enrolled at your college or university. Joining has never been advertised as “join this sisterhood for as long as we all think it’s a good idea or until you get over it.” If fact, it is a lifelong commitment and bond that stretches past marriages, births, deaths, job loss, promotions, family crisis, your kids graduating college, retirement…you see where I am going with this. You join a sisterhood! It’s a lifelong commitment to your organization and other sisters to offer support, friendship and community. I will tell you these relationships surpass any commitment to pay dues.
- “Sorority women have ‘mommy and daddy’ pay for everything.”
Snore. Yawn. Bye. This stereotype is beyond boring, especially since on average, most students have some sort of aid through school whether it is from their parents, financial aid, student loans, scholarships or a good old-fashioned part time job. Not only are sorority women great at landing a job during their time as an active member, being a member of a sorority actually helps you land a great career after college. Your leadership and time management skills make it easy for you to adapt to a life on the go. What is one more thing, right? Most women in a sorority work part time to raise funds for dues. Being a part of their preferred organization is important to them and will work to sustain it. Studies show that over the past 25 years 70% of college student’s work while attending college. You can bet a good amount of those were sorority women.
Stereotypes are given too much credit. While being a sorority woman may not be for you (or the life you see for the woman in your life), this doesn’t mean it has to be discounted and discredited. So next time you say to yourself, “Why did she rush a sorority?” read this great article and ask yourself, “Why didn’t she rush?” Have you experienced any other stereotypes? Feel free to leave them in the comments!