There have always been stereotypes about sorority women. You’ve heard them before: “they’re stupid,” “they’re like a cult, all alike,” “you can only be a girly-girl to be in a sorority,” and the likes. Although all of these, and the majority of other stereotypes about Greek life, are completely incorrect, one that we should fight to prove wrong in 2016 is that Greeks don’t know anything about politics or care about what happens in the government.
You’re probably thinking, “But I do care.” And you should, and I know that the majority of you probably do care about what happens in our government, especially in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. I believe that sorority women, and Americans in general, should be as informed as possible before making a decision on voting day. Here are some tools to help you stay up to date on everything politics:
One of my favorite websites to learn about politicians’ priorities and beliefs, Crowdpac is an independent, non-partisan, for-profit website that uses campaign contributions, voting records, and candidates’ speeches/quotes to show how liberal or conservative a candidate is. The best part about Crowdpac, in my opinion, is that you can compare two candidates side by side to see how they differ and compare on the issues, making it easier for you to see whose ideals align with yours.
If you prefer listening to political discussions rather than reading about them in articles, then NPR is the place for you. Hosting podcasts weekly, NPR Politics brings political reporters together for roundups about the campaign trail to discuss what’s happening as the election gets closer. It can be hard to keep up with everything political as a busy college student. Let NPR do the work for you. Get informed by listening to the podcasts in your car while driving to class, in the shower, at the gym, or whenever you have a free moment in your day.
In an age where information is readily available at all times, and is practically being thrown at us through every media outlet, it can be hard to decipher all the “facts.” Use FactCheck.org to keep candidates accountable. The website is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by politicians in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. You can even filter through the facts you want checked by selecting specific 2016 candidates.
Bonus: [Registering to Vote
If you are in college, then you are more than likely the eligible age to vote. If you are not registered to vote, or have any questions about the process, click on the hyperlink above to find out more about the voter registration process.
Whoever you decide to vote for in 2016, make sure that you are informed. Do your research, pay attention, and let your voice be heard. It is, after all, the most American thing you can do.