Our History

 

 

In 1921 a man walked into a secretarial school owned by two women and that is where our history began. Immerse yourself in the stories of our bright past and learn about those who forged our path and helped make Soroptimist the global organization it is today.

  

Historical PowerPoints


  

Stuart Morrow: The Man who Organized Soroptimist


Many people are surprised that a women’s organization includes a man in its origin story. Stuart Morrow helped propel the first clubs to their founding.

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The Beginning of Soroptimist


Chartering the first Soroptimist club, elected leadership, members of the first club & more!

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Early Soroptimist Clubs


Learn about the North American clubs that were established before the 1927 convention and established a structure for Soroptimist.

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The First Leaders


Soroptimists have come from all different areas and professional backgrounds. Learn more about the influential women in the early years of Soroptimist.

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Historical Photos 


 

View important photos from our history. These graphics are low resolution. If you need high resolution versions, please complete and submit this form

 

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Historical Presentation


Interested in hosting a virtual history presentation for your region or club? Lisa Mangiafico, SIA’s Associate Director of Records & Risk—and curator of our archives—is available upon request to share her personal knowledge, fascinating tidbits and other significant stories from SIA’s history and archival collection. Lisa has spoken to and interviewed interesting members from all over the world. She has had the privilege of speaking with family members of noteworthy members from our history. And she will be the one to open and reveal the contents of SIA’s time capsule during our upcoming live event in September 2021. If there is anything you want to know about our bright past, Lisa is the one to ask! Email lisa@soroptimist.org for additional information.

 

  

Join in the Anniversary Celebration Fun!


  

SI and Other Federations


See how our Soroptimist sisters around the globe are celebrating.

Bling


Preorder commemorative jewelry!

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Dream Big Video Submission


Share your hopes and dreams with us!

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Save the Date 


Join us in Seoul for the culmination of our 100th anniversary!

  

  

Get ready to DREAM BIG

Shh! Something big is coming to Soroptimist in September 2021. Get ready by starting a conversation with your club! Ask your members:
“What are your big dreams for Soroptimist's next 100 years?”

 

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