The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you” B.B.King – Guitarist.
The best way to create change is to provide women and girls with access to the education or training they need to achieve economic independence. Through “Educate to Lead,” Soroptimist transforms the lives of women and girls through access to education and leadership skills.
“Educate to Lead” is based upon the E3 Soroptimist model: Educate, Empower and Enable.
Educate women and girls. Access to quality education results in the social and economic advancement of women and girls, their families and their communities.
Education is essential not only for the development of the individual woman, but also for the survival of future generations and of the global community. Universal education – formal or informal – must not be seen merely as a benefit, but rather as an absolute necessity.
By educating women and girls, Soroptimist will empower them with confidence and choice, giving them the tools necessary to achieve their fullest potential.
After educating and empowering, we can go beyond the individual woman or girl and work within the wider community to enable opportunities for women and girls to use their skills and confidence as leaders and role models.
Put it all together and “Educate to Lead” focuses on educating women and girls and preparing them for leadership roles within their families, their communities, their businesses, their countries, and the world. It is a movement that will transform the lives and status of women and girls worldwide, opening doors for them to become leaders in many different ways.
For the past 40 years, Soroptimist has offered its Women’s Opportunity Award to educate, empower and enable women. The Award helps women, largely single mothers, return to school to earn a degree or learn new skills to enhance their employment prospects, thus improving their economic independence. Cash grants are awarded to assist women in obtaining the skills-training and education that empowers them to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. In addition to helping women to obtain higher paying jobs, this award-winning program bolsters their self-confidence, enabling them to envision a new life for themselves and their families.