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The Wonderful Way Mizzou Sororities Are Challenging Stereotypes

So much inspiration written on two hands.

The Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at the University of Missouri is trying to challenge stereotypes about sorority sisters as a whole, and that individual members face from society, with a photo project called "Breaking Barriers."

The photo essay, posted to Facebook on Tuesday, pushes back on stereotypes about sorority women being "airheads" or "spoiled." It also challenges stereotypes about people dealing with suicidal thoughts, body image and race. 

"Everyday we face the stereotypes that society gives us, and everyday we overcome these stereotypes," KKG wrote on Facebook. As of Thursday afternoon, the photo series had gotten more than 8,600 "shares" on Facebook, and over 8,000 "likes."

Society says sorority girls are airheads. But I'm a chemical engineer.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Society says I'm spoiled. But I have 3 jobs.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I've struggled with depression since I was 13. And I have nothing to be ashamed of.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Society says suicidal people are weak. But I find strength in waking up every morning.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Society says I should be skinny. But I rock my curves.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

People say sorority girls are stupid. But I'm going to be a doctor one day.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Because I'm black, society says I should be angry at the world. But I'm excited to change the world.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

(We also had to laugh at this one, which we take as showing they still have a sense of humor while getting a serious point across.) 

Society says sorority girls don't have their priorities straight... but I get ice cream 7 days a week.

Posted by Kappa Kappa Gamma at Mizzou on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

KGG's photo project went live about a week after the University of Missouri Panhellenic Association (PHA) held a "Taking Back Beauty" week, where members were encouraged to not wear makeup as a way of challenging female beauty standards, according to KOMU.

PHA members at Mizzou posted photos on Twitter with the hashtag #IAmMore. They also displayed signs on campus featuring statistics about how women feel about themselves.

The week coincided with the University of Missouri Women's Center "Love Your Body Week," which featured events about body positivity and beauty standards for black women. 

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