Our Work and Impact
Our years of experience working with women and girls has taught us that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment of the world’s women and girls. When women and girls are educated, they have opportunity, choice and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
How We Do It
Our Dream Programs are primarily delivered locally by our clubs and members in countries across North America, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. They provide the muscle and on-the-ground work that make our programs come alive.
Learn about the importance of education in achieving economic empowerment in our research paper, Education and Economic Empowerment: The Future for Women and Girls.
Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women
Through the Live Your Dream Awards, we invest more than $2.9 million in education grants to nearly 2,200 women every year. These women have overcome incredible challenges including poverty, domestic and sexual violence, and addiction. They are on a path to a new life, and the Live Your Dream Awards support them in achieving their goals.
women helped since 1972
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Through Dream It, Be It, Soroptimist clubs provide girls who face obstacles with guidance, training and resources that will prepare them for career success. We intervene at just the right time to put girls on a path to a brighter future.
girls received access to professional role models, mentors, and career education since 2015
We are growing a new wave of volunteers and activists through our online platform, LiveYourDream.org. Our supporters are raising awareness about some of the most serious challenges facing women and girls, and helping to promote access to our Dream Programs.
supporters signed up through LiveYourDream.org
Education is the key to gender equality, which has yet to be achieved anywhere in the world.
1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. (Amnesty International USA)
1 in 4 high school-age girls in the United States do not graduate. ( National Women's Law Center)
Of single mothers under 30, only 7% have finished college in the U.S. ( The Shriver Report)
Women earn $.52 to every $1 earned by men (global average). (World Economic Forum)
We work to empower women every day.
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