What’s a Soroptimist?

Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations.  Our name, loosely translated from Latin, means best for women.  Today, Soroptimist International of Americas has about 1,300 clubs in countries across North America, Latin America and the Pacific Rim who work to economically empower women and girls.

Become a Soroptimist

When you join Soroptimist International of Eugene, you have the opportunity to connect with like-minded women, build life-long friendships and take advantage of networking opportunities.

Our Core Values

Gender Equality

Women and girls live free from discrimination


Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest


Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education

Diversity & Fellowship

Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.


Soroptimist 60th Anniversary Video from Joshua Marinacci on Vimeo.