Sororities are often thought of as exclusive clubs for socially
inclined college students, but Bound by a Mighty Vow, a history of
the women's Greek system, demonstrates that these organizations
have always served more serious purposes. Diana Turk explores the
founding and development of the earliest sororities (then called
women's fraternities) and explains how these groups served as
support networks to help the first female collegians succeed in the
hostile world of nineteenth century higher education.
Turk goes on to look at how and in what ways sororities changed
over time. While the first generation focused primarily on
schoolwork, later Greek sisters used their fraternity connections
to ensure social status, gain access to jobs and job training, and
secure financial and emotional support as they negotiated life in
turn-of-the-century America. The costs they paid were conformity to
certain tightly prescribed beliefs of how "ideal" fraternity women
should act and what "ideal" fraternity women should do.
Drawing on primary source documents written and preserved by
the fraternity women themselves, as well as on oral history
interviews conducted with fraternity officers and alumnae members,
Bound by a Mighty Vow uncovers the intricate history of these early
women's networks and makes a bold statement about the ties that
have bound millions of American women to one another in the name of
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