What We Do

Soroptimist means "best for women" and that's what we strive to be—an organization of women at their best helping other women to be their best. As a global volunteer organization we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams.

Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls. Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

In order to accomplish this goal, the organization administers several international programs. Our major project is the Soroptimist LIVE YOUR DREAM EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARD (formerly the Women's Opportunity Awards), which assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.

Other Soroptimist programs include:

  • Soroptimist Live Your Dream Campaign, which aims to inspire women to live their dreams, and encourages them to pass on their good fortune to others.
  • Dream It, Be It- Career Support for Girls, a mentoring program that targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
  • Soroptimists STOP Trafficking, a project that raises awareness about the sex trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, law-makers and service providers to focus on this global problem.
  • Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, an awareness campaign that targets domestic violence as a workplace concern.