A sorority is a social organization comprising female-identified members. This entry first provides background on sororities. Next, this entry provides a brief historical overview of the intersection of race and social class within sororities, highlighting the need for increased diversity. The entry then discusses the role of gender norms within sororities and its implications.


While the first documented sorority dates back to the 19th century, these organizations still maintain a vibrant presence on college campuses across the nation. Sororities are most often identified by their distinct Greek letter names, and members commonly refer to themselves as sisters or sorors. Sororities are also composed of self-governed individual chapters. The chapters are responsible for electing officials, holding meetings, planning events, and establishing their own regulations. While members are ...

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