3rd October 2020 starts a year of centenary celebrations. One hundred years ago, professional women were very much in the minority. When the extension officer for Rotary International went to invite the principal of a secretarial school to join Rotary, he was shocked to find that the principal was a woman. After some discussion, it was realised that women could also have a service organisation of their own. So, Soroptimist International started with a meeting in Oakland, California on 3rd October 1921. This first Federation was called Soroptimist International of the Americas. In time, Soroptimist International spread throughout the world with three more Federations. They were Great Britain and Ireland, Europe and South West Pacific This year, they have been joined by a fifth Federation, Africa.
We stand up for women and girls. Soroptimists are concerned with Education, the Environment, Economics and Social Policy, Human Rights and International Goodwill and Understanding. All over the world, Soroptimists work in these areas to help women and girls with local, national and international projects. We have a voice at the United Nations.
To start our celebratory year, Kidderminster Soroptimists have compiled a photo-montage of items depicting some aspects of Soroptimism