Bound By a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women's Fraternities, by Diana B. Turk

By Diana B. Turk

Sororities are frequently considered unique golf equipment for socially prone students, yet Bound by way of a robust Vow, a heritage of the women's Greek approach, demonstrates that those firms have regularly served extra severe reasons. Diana Turk explores the founding and improvement of the earliest sororities (then referred to as women's fraternities) and explains how those teams served as aid networks to aid the 1st woman collegians achieve the adverse global of 19th century larger education.

Turk is going directly to examine how and in what methods sororities replaced over the years. whereas the 1st new release targeted totally on schoolwork, later Greek sisters used their fraternity connections to make sure social prestige, achieve entry to jobs and task education, and safe monetary and emotional help as they negotiated existence in turn-of-the-century the USA. the prices they paid have been conformity to sure tightly prescribed ideals of the way "ideal" fraternity girls may still act and what "ideal" fraternity ladies should still do.

Drawing on fundamental resource records written and preserved by means of the fraternity girls themselves, in addition to on oral heritage interviews performed with fraternity officials and alumnae contributors, Bound via a amazing Vow uncovers the problematic background of those early women's networks and makes a daring assertion in regards to the ties that experience certain hundreds of thousands of yankee ladies to each other within the identify of sisterhood.

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