Circle of Sisterhood Recognized on Half The Sky Blog

We remain humbled by the publicity our organization has received over the last few weeks. Another highlight happened last week–we were recognized by the movement that served as the catalyst to the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation in the beginning! Below is a blog posted on July 13, 2012, by Allen Ross, Half the Sky Team on the Half the Sky Blog, you can see the original post here

After reading in Half the Sky about the transformative effects that women’s education can have within a community, Ginny Carroll decided to take action. Since her educational history and professional background provided a lasting affinity for the sorority system, it seemed like a natural next step to leverage the collective giving power of sorority women on behalf of girls without access to schooling. In 2010, she established the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, an organization of more than fifty volunteers that collects donations from sorority chapters and gives small grants to education programs around the world. From the outset, Ginny was confident that sorority women would be receptive to Circle of Sisterhood’s goals. “They’re already organized, they already understand philanthropy, they already give millions of dollars a year to domestic work,” she explained. “The vision was, this was a way for all sorority women, no matter what letters they wear, to have a global effect.”

Members of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation with Sheryl WuDunn (Photo courtesy Ginny Carroll)

Circle of Sisterhood’s mission –– to fight against the numerous obstacles that deter girls in poorer areas from enrolling in school –– has taken a multitude of forms since the foundation’s inception. Projects have included, among many others, the donation of 38 volumes of Braille educational texts to a home for young blind women in Northern Ethiopia and the creation of a grant that would cover all schooling costs for nearly forty girls in Tanzania. Underpinning Circle of Sisterhood’s work is a strong sense of solidarity. “I felt very strongly that as an educated woman, and a college-educated woman for that matter, when not even seven percent of the world has a college education, that if educating girls is a big part of the solution, then I had a responsibility to help,” Ginny said.

Circle of Sisterhood receives a check from the High Point University Panhellenic Council (Photo courtesy Ginny Carroll)

For all their work abroad, Circle of Sisterhood has also invested considerable effort to spread awareness in the United States. More than 100 college campuses and dozens of sororities have become involved, and Circle of Sisterhood even plans to host screening parties for the Half the Sky PBS television premiere on October 1 and 2.

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About Circle of Sisterhood Foundation

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation will leverage the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression.
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