Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls. It was founded in Oakland, Calif. in 1921 by a group of 80 women who were denied access to a male service club and Violet Richardson (pictured) was the first President. The founding members coined the organization’s name from two Latin words, meaning “best for women.”





Soroptimist International of the Americas has 30,000 members and is one of the four federations in Soroptimist International and has nearly 1,300 clubs in 20 countries and territories. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the Soroptimist organization.



Soroptimist International has almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 132 countries and territories who contribute their time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.