INDIANAPOLIS— Carole Jones, chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), today issued the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day and its 2020 theme #EachForEqual:
“When sororities held their first multi-organization meeting in 1891, women received just 21% of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States. Our members were decades away from being able to vote, 41 years away from a woman being elected to the U.S. Senate and 72 years from the passage of the Equal Pay Act. In honor of International Women’s Day, we honor the dedication of Panhellenic women and member organizations in creating spaces and opportunities for women to succeed through civic engagement, character development and leadership opportunities on college and university campuses – and beyond.
“While today women now comprise 56% of the collegiate population, we know women continue to face issues of economic, political and social inequality. International Women’s Day reminds us that there is still work to be done in the name of true gender equality and that sorority women continue play an important role in that work.
“On behalf of National Panhellenic Conference member organizations, volunteers and staff, we are proud to celebrate International Women’s Day, recognizing the success of past leaders and the potential of future leaders in advancing a more equal future for women.”
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