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About Soroptimists

Soroptimist Desert Tucson is part of an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs which foster social and economic empowerment. Almost 80,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects.

The name, Soroptimist, means best for women, and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work to their communities. Club projects 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 international programs including the Live Your Dream Award, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimists STOP Trafficking. Clubs also participate in the Live Your Dream campaign, which encourages all women to live their dreams while helping others to do the same.

Soroptimist International ( Soroptimist International, headquartered in Cambridge, England, has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and is a recognized authority on matters that women value most.

Our Structure

Soroptimist International (SI) is composed of four federations:

  • Soroptimist International of the Americas — Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, comprises 28 regions with more than 38,000 members in approximately 1,400 clubs in 19 countries. Learn more.
  • Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland — Headquartered in Cheshire, England, comprises more than 11,000 members in 398 clubs in 30 countries. Learn more.
  • Soroptimist International of Europe — Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, comprises more than 33,800 members in 1,220 clubs in 67 countries. Learn more.
  • Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific — Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, comprises more than 2,650 members in 138 in 12 countries.Learn more