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 volunteer organization of business and professional women 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.

In order to accomplish this goal, the organization administers several international programs. Click on the following links to read more about our signature awards.


The Live Your Dream Award

A program which assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects

The Bonnie McLaren Award
A program that recognizes girls' volunteer efforts

(Check the relevant tab under AWARDS for complete information and submission deadlines)