Frequently Asked Questions




What is Soroptimist?


Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members work 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.


What does the word "Soroptimist" mean?


Loosely translated from Latin, Soroptimist is a coined term meaning "best for women."


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 I join?


Women who are interested in joining Soroptimist International of Phoenixville should visit the JOIN section and fill out the introduction form. For more information, contact


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.