WKU alumna starts Circle of Sisterhood to help young girls worldwide

Amanda Young

Many of the world’s problems can be solved by ensuring women get an education.

This is the belief of one WKU alumna, Ginny Carroll, the founder of Circle of Sisterhood — an organization that reaches out to sororities nationwide to raise money for young girls around the world to receive proper schooling.

The foundation is based on the idea that all women need education so that they can evoke a positive change in the world, Carroll said at the weekly Panhellenic on Wednesday.

“It’s important for us to help provide education to girls around the world who can’t have it, because when more girls are educated, the world becomes a better place,” Carroll said.

Carroll said she felt inspired by videos she saw on TheGirlEffect.org — another, similar organization that strives to bring women out of poverty by promoting education. Carroll shared the videos with the audience of sorority women.

“When I first saw the video, it really got to me,” she said. “I started to read more about and learn more about the issues for women in the developing world.”

Her research led her to a book titled “Half the Sky,” which discussed the oppression of women that is happening in today’s society.

“This book was the catalyst for this whole entire idea,” she said.

To present some of the information from the book, Carroll asked audience members to stand and when they heard a bit of information they had heard before, they were to be seated.

“Please sit if you knew that an estimated 60-100 million girls are missing from the globe today simply because they were girls,” she said. “Sit if you knew that more girls have been killed in the last 50 years — precisely because they were girls — than all men in all wars were killed in the 20th century.

“Worldwide, over two million girls go missing because of gender discrimination. 60 percent of the poorest population is female. When I read those things, I sat in my home and felt my privilege.”

Carroll said from there she knew she needed to do something and that she could not do it alone.

She began building the foundations for Circle of Sisterhood. After one year, sororities from more than 70 college campuses are raising money.

The money raised goes towards different needs that girls have to make it through one year of school — from pencils and notebooks to the school’s tuition.

Carroll encouraged the girls to get involved and be creative with their fund raisers.

“Sorority members are some of the most creative members in the world,” she said.

During Panhellenic Pride Week, the Panhellenic Council has been raising money for Circle of Sisterhood with different events such as fundraising night at Griffs Deli and a hot chocolate sale at the Centennial Mall to take place this Friday.

Suzanne Adkisson, the Treasurer for WKU’s Panhellenic Council, expressed her enthusiasm she has for the work of Circle of Sisterhood.

“Here at WKU, for the Panhellenic Association, we’re really excited to call this our philanthropy,” Adkisson said.