Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Soroptimist mission?
A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education, which is one of the most effective ways to end social problems disproportionately affecting women and girls.

How do members/clubs support the Soroptimist mission?
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work in their communities. Club projects can range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs offered from the federation.

What benefits do members receive?
In addition to intangible rewards such as friendship and personal fulfillment, members also receive the following benefits:
• Opportunity to participate in Soroptimist’s life-changing programs
• Subscription to our award-winning Best for Women magazine
• Subscription to our email newsletter, the “Soroptimist Summary”
• Access to numerous documents and tools available on the SIA website
• Leadership development and networking opportunities at club meetings, region conferences, the biennial convention and other meetings
• Opportunity to provide feedback, offer suggestions and voice opinions through the Soroptimist Snapshot online surveys and other market research activities
• Invitations to take advantage of special offers and discounts through our partnering organizations.

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 click on the "Become a Member" tab in the menu to learn more. For more information, contact Soroptimist headquarters at

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 organizations. Since that time, the organization 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 organization of and for women, Soroptimist feels uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges facing today's women and girls.

What programs does Soroptimist offer?
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs. Clubs participate in the Dream Programs of Soroptimist, to help women and girls achieve social and economic empowerment. The Dream Programs of Soroptimist ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs that have a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls. Clubs also participate in local level projects, check out our "What We Do" page to learn more! 

How many members are in Soroptimist?
Soroptimist International has about 80,000 members. Soroptimist International of the Americas has about 31,000 members. We are always growing! 

How many countries make up Soroptimist?
Soroptimist International members reside in about 130 countries and territories throughout the world. Soroptimist International of the Americas' clubs are located in 20 countries and territories: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States and Venezuela.