Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means “best for women.” Each Soroptimist club belongs to one of the four Soroptimist International Federations within Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, The Americas and South West Pacific.
Soroptimist International of Sacramento (SIS) was the fifth club formed and is in the Soroptimist International of the Americas Federation. Please see HISTORY page for an almost 100 years SIS retrospective.
Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Women are economically empowered when they have control over their own finances and well-being, and when they have a voice in the financial decisions to shape their lives and the lives of their families. When women and girls are empowered, they have a personal sense of autonomy, self-confidence, and the power to control their private and public lives. We focus on access to education because we believe it’s the most effective way toward empowerment.
We empower women and girls by Investing in Dreams:
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Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.