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    Shattering Glass Ceilings: 21st Century Feminism in North American Sororities by Potter, Ariel

    Sororities in the United States were founded on values of radical feminism and created an intentional space to promote academic excellence and professionalism for collegiate women. With a heavy emphasis on traditions and rituals that were created in the past, sororities have struggled to maintain contemporary. As an institution, sororities continue to promote values of radical feminism, but lose effectiveness due to a lacking modernization that aligns sentiments with actions. The existing literature on this topic focuses primarily on aspects of sororities that are built on an outdated feminist agenda. This paper examines the source of this disconnect in order to encourage sororities to make necessary alterations and evolve into a space for contemporary radical feminism. In an effort to address this disparity, I conducted a small qualitative case study on the sororities at Colorado College.