The most amazing thing happened to me today
So as some of you know I’m in a sorority and have been for about a year. I joined as a way of getting a bit more involved with school/life, so that I’m not spending you know, every waking hour being an isolationist. And I did enjoy my first year and thought it was a pretty valuable experience to be having but there were a few aspects that I was less than comfortable with.
Nothing actually bad was happening but I wasn’t very thrilled with a lot of the values I saw presented. I’m mostly talking about how sororities were founded on feminist ideals, and for an organization that claims to have a lot of pride in that, i would regularly see a lot of values that contradicted that. Just basically a lot of very backwards ideas were happening, when in reality, sororities are feminist by their very nature, and they should be doing the exact opposite.
Anyways like I said, less than thrilling. My first year I considered dropping because I felt that maybe I was on a different wavelength than a lot of my sisters, and that this wasn’t really enhancing my life. But then I thought, ‘give it another semester, you’ll be living closer to your school and you’ll be able to get more involved’. So rather than whine about the conversations I would overhear I decided that I could change them?
So I ran to become our education chairman after my initiation last year, got it, spent a semester getting used to the position and went into this semester with the idea of waking up the chapter a little and making us into the place of women’s empowerment we could and should be. I had presentations that I started off as basic to ease people in. Nothing new for tumblr or whatever, but maybe very new for some of these girls. I made these presentations relate to our own lives/experiences and followed them up with regular newsletters. Then presentations got more and more diverse, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve always been a pretty amazing public speaker. I know that sounds insanely obnoxious and I’m cringing just saying it but it’s true lol. And I was really tailoring these presentations in way that was meant to be appealing and approachable, but no less educational. And I could see that in each presentation, more and more girls were getting involved and following in a way that was so encouraging to see.
Anyways WHERE IS THIS GOING you ask. Tonight we had an informal meeting, because initiation for our new members is this weekend and the meeting before that is meant to be relaxing, inspiring, with going around and sharing favourite memories etc. And EVERYBODY without fail had something to say with a theme about how they didn’t realize how much they could accomplish and should be aware of as a woman, or about how they were realizing the importance of women’s empowerment and how the sorority was giving them that etc
Last semester the question was casually put out to the chapter, ‘how many of you identify as feminists?’ I think about 4 or 5 of us automatically raised our hands, with a few who were sort of twiddling their hands halfway up. Tonight the question went out again and almost EVERY single hand shot up.
So proud of myself right now you have no idea.
And in other news I went jogging tonight and ran into a coyote it was pretty epic.