Soroptimist is a service club of 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 the Latin, means best for women. Our mission is to educate and empower women and girls. It is a service club such as rotary club, and we are the only service club in the nation with a seat on United Nations.