The Turning Point & Soroptimists Work with the United Nations


The First Soroptimist International President was elected – Our work with the United Nations had begun

Soroptimist International President Gertrude G Huitt

“What an honour it was to be the first International President ! Actually it was Madeliene Garot past SIE President who had first talked about the need for officers, so that Soroptimist International could qualify with the United Nations for Consultative Status.

I was to serve for four years, until 1956, and it was the most challenging time of my life. f was a practising lawyer, but it was a monumental task to pioneer the new proceduresand policies of the Soroptimist International Association with its three Federations and growing number of clubs. The problems and joys of this assignment, with misunderstandings of translation, caused some pain and anquish . . . but we survived all those early difficulties and I realised that no gem can be polished without a good deal of friction.

“Clubs in aII three Federations were learning about the United
 Nations in the post-war world. Members began to buy UNESCO coupons,to help educational needs around the world. And while our organisation was pledged to neutrality on sectarian / religious and party political matters, members were strong in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“I presided at our 1956 Convention in New York – the first held in Arnerica since 1938. Delegates adopted a formal resolution to secure women’s rights in respect to equal access to education, equal economic opportunity, equal pay for equal work and equality between parentsin respect of their
children. And as I saw the flags 
of the great nations where Soroptimists render service, I felt great enthusiasm, honour and pride .

“Our international strength is in our Federations … and our Federations are what create our international whole”

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