As Soroptimist International of the Americas enters into its 99th year of empowering women & girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment, I think of the amazing women who began this journey and of their courage and forward-thinking vision.
The first club, formed in Alameda County, California, consisted of 80 business and professional women. Violet Richardson served as the first president. The club, which changed its name to SI Oakland in 1928, met weekly to discuss service projects and/or listen to speakers who spoke on various worldwide issues.
The name, Soroptimst, comes from the formation of two Latin words: “soro” meaning sister and “optimist” meaning the best which has morphed into Soroptimist meaning “Best for Women”.
For more about the History of Soroptimist, which was actually founded by a man, Stuart Morrow, go to Soroptimst International of the Americas-Founders Region.