FAQs and Information


What is Soroptimist?
Soroptimist is a global women’s organisation whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through projects leading to social and economic empowerment.  Soroptimist projects particularly focus on providing women and girls with access to education, crucial to ending social problems that disproportionately affect women and girls.

What does the word “Soroptimist” mean?
Loosely translated from Latin, Soroptimist is a coined term meaning “best for women.”

When was Soroptimist formed?
The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA.

How can women join Soroptimist?
Women who are interested in joining a Soroptimist club should visit the Home page of SI South West & Channel Islands and then go to the Contact us form to ask for more information, or  contact Soroptimist headquarters at SIGBI

Why does Soroptimist focus on women and girls?
Soroptimist was formed because in 1921 women who were interested in volunteering in their communities were not permitted to join male service organisations. Since that time, the organisation has worked to help women improve their standing in the world. Despite tremendous strides, women still do not enjoy equal economic or social status with their male counterparts. As an organisation of and for women, Soroptimists feel uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges facing today’s women and girls.

What activities does becoming a Soroptimist offer?
Soroptimists can get involved in lobbying and advocacy.  There are many projects whose objectives are to improve the lives of women and girls and which offer the opportunity for practical, hands-on work. In addition to participating in international and national projects, Clubs work on local projects that benefit women and girls, based on the needs of their local or regional communities.