Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Our network of around 76,000 club members in 120 countries and territories works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

Soroptimist is a coined word with Latin roots that loosely translates to “best for women.”

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Soroptimist International of the Americas is committed to:

  • Gender Equality: Women and girls live free from discrimination.
  • Empowerment: Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest.
  • Education: Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education.
  • Diversity & Fellowship: Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.


  • Impact: All levels of SIA will collectively provide a sustainable impact on the lives of women and girls.
  • Engagement: Members and supporters will find value through engagement with the SIA mission.
  • Recognition: SIA is recognized for its efforts to improve the lives of women and girls.
  • Philanthropy: Members and supporters of SIA will financially support federation programs.

Soroptimist was formed because in 1921, women who were interested in volunteering in their communities were not permitted to join existing male service organizations. Since then, the organization has worked to help women improve their standing in the world. Despite tremendous strides, it is a fact that women still do not enjoy equal economic or social status as their male counterparts. As an organization composed of and founded for women, Soroptimist feels uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges facing today’s women and girls.

Soroptimist programs are funded by investment income, member dues, and contributions from clubs and members. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Soroptimist also depends on outside contributions from people who support the Soroptimist mission.

YES. The betterment of the lives of women and girls cannot be done without the efforts of men. Soroptimist is open to all, regardless of age, sex, gender, race, ability or profession.

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