A Message from 2020-2021 SIA President Penny Babb

Happy 99th Anniversary! Ninety-nine years ago on October 3, 1921, women leaders led by President Violet Richardson launched the first Soroptimist Club in California, USA. President Violet said that she “never would have considered the Soroptimist movement had she not envisioned it as worldwide and dedicated to all matters of justice and quality of life.” Today, her vision has come to life in 121 countries around the world! We are now counting down the days to October 3, 2021—the 100th anniversary of the founding of Soroptimist! Our anniversary theme, “Bright Past, Brilliant Future” perfectly encapsulates the respect for and memory of those incredible women who had the foresight and courage to become Soroptimists and pursue the best for women. Our theme also reminds us that the Soroptimists of today are acting with the same forward thinking and courage to make our Brilliant Future come alive through our 2021-2031 Big Goal of Investing in the dreams of half a million women and girls through access to education.
Penny Babb, President
Soroptimist International of the Americas