Who are Soroptimists?
The word Soroptimist is made up of the Latin words ‘soror’ meaning sister, and ‘optima’
meaning best; in other words, the best for sisters. The first Soroptimist club was founded in
Oakland, California, in 1921, and now there are over 3000 Clubs all over the world.
Vision ~ Women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Mission ~ Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education,
empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Principles ~ The principles of Soroptimism are to strive for:
- The advancement of the status of women;
- High ethical standards;
- Human rights for all;
- Equality, development and peace; and
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace
Pledge ~ I pledge allegiance to Soroptimism
And to the ideals for which it stands;
The sincerity of friendship,
The joy of achievement,
The dignity of service,
The integrity of profession,
The love of country.
I will put forth my greatest effort
To promote, uphold and defend these ideals
For a larger fellowship in home, in society, in business,
For country and for God.
To maintain high ethical standards in business,in professions and in other aspects of life.
To strive for human rights for all people and,in particular, to advance the status of women.
To develop a spirit of friendship and unity among Soroptimists of all countries.
To quicken the spirit of service and human understanding.
To contribute to international understanding and universal friendship.