Bound by a Mighty Vow Sisterhood and Women s Fraternities 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

  • Title: Bound by a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women's Fraternities, 1870-1920
  • Author: Diana B. Turk
  • ISBN: 9780814782828
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 serious purposes Diana Turk explores the founding and development of the earliest sororities then called women s fraternities and explains how these grouSororities 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 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 sisterhood.

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    One thought on “Bound by a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women's Fraternities, 1870-1920”

    1. As a high school student, I did not find this book particularly entertaining. The mountainous feel was set in place by the author’s tone. Their was a continual stringing together of facts, and quotes from outside resources. Yes indeed this book is nonfiction, but the author gives no characters, or setting to follow. The only sense of consistency in the reading was the progression of the the first sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. The flow of this book is similar to textbooks found in the classroom. [...]

    2. 3 1/2 starsAs a historian, I think that this was a well-written albeit brief survey. I question her tendency to apply the history of Kappa Alpha Theta to all NPC sororities. I am curious to know why she chose Theta to focus on, as she is not affiliated. I wonder if that happened to be who would let her have access to their archives. As a fraternity woman (Alpha Gamma Delta), I was less impressed. I believe that the first generation women's organisations do generally follow the history set out. H [...]

    3. Our Theta alumnae group decided to read this and discuss at a meeting. Not one of us read the whole book! It had more footnotes than actual writing. It was the author just stringing together quotes from other sources. I was horribly disappointed! This was much more a research paper of the author's than a story or history of fraternities.

    4. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and found this book to be utterly amazing. I read it shortly after my new member period and learned a ton about sorority life and the history of my sorority. I would suggest this book to anyone in Student Affairs or anyone interested in the history of sororities.

    5. The history contained in this book is very interesting. Written by an unaffiliated women researching mostly only the history of Kappa Alpha Theta, the conclusions she draws must be read with a critical eye. This is not the whole picture albeit one interesting perspective.

    6. I read the first chapter and lost interest. I skimmed the rest and reviewed the notes. It is much more a book about the history of Kappa Alpha Theta. It is well researched and a well accounted history along with being unbiased.

    7. I am very much enjoying this book. A little different, as it it is about a fairly narrow topic, but I am learning a lot!!

    8. Fabulous - if only because it came out at the same time as that trashy book "Pledged." Finally some historic validity to a seemingly dated institution that has so much to give. Figure that one out

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