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Urban Reflection


November 1953. SI Roseville was chartered and became a part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, an organization that today is 75,000 women strong, located throughout 133 countries worldwide.

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. 


She Led the Way

Violet Richardson Ward founded the first Soroptimist Club. It was 1921 in Oakland, Ca. at a time when women were not allowed to join service clubs.

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin "soro" meaning sister, and "optima" loosely translated to 'best for women."

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