The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin word soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where clubs are flourishing in 122 countries throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.

Soroptimists seek to become an active influence for positive change in society through Awareness, Advocacy, and Action.

Soroptimist International is committed to:

  • service to local, national and international communities
  • active participation in decision-making

Soroptimists work to promote social justice and equity and the empowerment of women through economic independence and greater participation in decision making at all levels.

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