Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
I’m pleased to hear that measures are being taken to ensure equality of women’s spaces on campus. Finally the initiative to orchestrate the distribution of women’s spaces is being given serious thought and support. I truly don’t understand the backlash against having sororities on campus. Perhaps it is because the actual word “sorority” has such negative connotations in our culture and evokes images of women in an adverse light. Perhaps too much emphasis is being caught up in the word “sorority” without delving into the true issue at hand. If Swarthmore men are allowed access to Greek life, exclusive spaces on campus, as well as significant control over weekend events, then I wholeheartedly believe that women should have the same access.
Swarthmore women deserve equal access to space; places that women can control, monitor, and feel safe within. Having an exclusive women’s space that is open on weekends and available for events and meetings will improve our sense of community. Ever since coming here, I have put Swarthmore women on a pedestal. I think that we have the ability to build an inclusive, hospitable space for women that is above stereotypical images of college sororities. I strongly believe that that image is outdated and Swarthmore women have so much more to offer.
Rachel Branker ’12 is a member of the Swarthmore Ladies Soiree Society (LaSS).