Zonta International

zontaintl1 Zonta History

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working to advance the status of women.  There are about 33,000 members in more than 1,254 clubs in 67 countries.

Zonta has a long-standing relationship with the United Nations, including a special partnership with the U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Like Zonta, UNIFEM recognizes the importance of focusing attention on the activities and roles of women, which are critical to sustainable development around the world.

zontaintl2Zonta also encourages young women to pursue non-traditional careers. For example, the Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award – a scholarship for women in aviation – was established in 1938 to honor the famed aviation pioneer, who was a Zontian.

The word “Zonta” is derived from the Sioux Indian words meaning “honest and trustworthy.”

For more information, visit www.zonta.org

Objectives of Zonta International 

  • To encourage high ethical standards in business and professions.
  • To improve the legal, health, political, economic and professional status of women.
  • To promote and supervise the organization of Zonta Clubs throughout the world.
  • To increase the service and value of Zonta Clubs to their respective members, their communities, and to the world.
  • To foster the spirit of good fellowship among Zontians and Zonta Clubs.
  • To work for the advancement of understanding, good will and peace throughout the world fellowship of executive women in business and professions, united in the Zonta ideal of service.