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Empowered Women, Empower Women

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." - Stephen R. Covey

With our current political climate, it’s important to remember why we are here in the first place. I know I can speak for everyone when I say we are here for sisterhood. Alpha Chi Omega has a strong foundation of supporting and creating “Real. Strong. Women.” We see this support in our philanthropy and our day to day service. We see the creation of real strong women coming to fruition with every new member class. The idea of strong women is not based on physical muscle, but rather mental acuity and genuine compassion for others and ourselves. I am a completely different woman than I was before I was welcomed into this life altering community. I have been inspired by an array of women from every walk of life to do better and be better. Be a better friend, be a better sister, be a better student, be a better ally.

The most important thing I’ve learned from this sisterhood is to keep going. That no matter how hard it is, every day we have to get up and do what has to be done. The beautiful part about that is those pushing you to do so. Those girls waking you up from your 20-minute nap that you needed to take to get a break from your homework. Those girls driving you to appointments across town. Those girls quizzing you because you have a test in an hour. Without those girls, I wouldn’t be here. Without those girls, I wouldn’t be as educated on several societal issues that I am today. Without those girls, I wouldn’t have a support system away from home.

Every single day I am reminded of the thousands and some girls that I share this with. I am reminded that as women, we have a unique bond of being on the same emotional playing field. We understand each other. We understand each other’s highs, lows, and woes. We come from every walk of life. We have girls who are Pre-Med, Pre-Law, studying Business, History, Architecture, Psychology, Agriculture, Engineering, Education, etc. We all look different. We have different home lives, different financial backgrounds, different religions, different races, different sexualities. I am reminded that we aren’t all treated equality in society. And for that, my position, as a sister, is to fight for their deserving place at the table.

We are here, and we are fighting.

Written by Sydney Besa

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