Submited by: Jama Ball, Soroptimist past President and Board Member

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima
meaning best. And so, Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for

What is the Driving Force in the Mission of Soroptimist International

  • One in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
  • According to a recent report, of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually, 80 percent are female.
  • Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income, and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property.
  • Of a total 550 million working poor, 330 million (60 percent) are women.
  • The United Nations estimates that globally women’s unpaid care is worth up to $11 trillion annually.
  • Two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults are women.
  • Of the more than 110 million children not in school, approximately 60 percent are girls.

Soroptimist International Dallas Chapter

Locally, the Soroptimist International Dallas club was founded in 1944. Our club’s initial service project was to own & operate a camp for the physically & mentally disabled, which we did for over 40 years. We gradually began to include community involvement in the camp and ultimately turned the camp over to a community board and then sold the facility about 15 years ago.

We donated the proceeds of the camp facility sale to the Dallas Foundation from which we designate grants from a separate Soroptimist Fund to benefit women & children with special needs. We continue to support the successor camping organization Camp Summit, now located in Paradise, Texas, through grants from this fund.

We honor women who have made a difference in our local community. Our awards support our Soroptimist mission of transforming lives through education, empowerment and by enabling opportunities.

One of those awards is the Federation Award called Live Your Dream, which is sponsored by every Soroptimist club. The Live Your Dream Award is given to single income women returning to school. Recipients of this award go on to compete for additional monetary awards at the Soroptimist regional, and then potentially, national level.

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Submited by: Jama Ball, past President and Board Member and current Chair of Membership and Recruitment and Nominating Committee Chair.