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For too many girls and women around the world, access to quality education is often limited. Two-thirds of all illiterate adults in the world are women, and not even seven percent of the world’s population has a college education. Education can equip all of us to challenge many of the global issues impacting women – poverty, oppression, misogyny, brutality. Ultimately, more and more educated girls will mean stronger and healthier villages, communities, and entire countries. And education will eradicate poverty.

Quality schooling can serve as an emancipator from poverty and lead to a better life for a woman and her family. The Circle of Sisterhood exists today to help make that better life possible by removing barriers to education and creating sustainable change for girls and women around the globe.


Many sororities were founded in the 19th century in response to numerous obstacles to women achieving a college education. Sorority founders bonded together fiercely to fight for their right to pursue higher degrees. Today, more than 170 years later—and millions-strong—we vow to continue the legacy of our founders by standing together to help girls and women go to school around the world because every girl deserves to be educated.

Without education, girls and women are unable to reach their full potential. Sorority women are fortunate to have the one thing that will help women out of poverty—an education. As such, we have a responsibility to use our privilege to contribute to the many ways in which educational inaccessibility can be eradicated for girls and women worldwide.

Since the Circle of Sisterhood’s formation in 2010, sorority communities on college campuses across North America have engaged in this global humanitarian effort to remove barriers to education. This movement by sorority women has impacted girls and women in 28 countries on four continents.


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