President's Corner

Celebrate Zonta’s 98th anniversary by showing your support for the Zonta International Foundation

8 November 2017

Celebrate Zonta’s 98th anniversary by showing your support for the Zonta International Foundation

On 8 November in 1919, a group of businesswomen founded the first Zonta club in Buffalo, New York, USA. Among the first generation of college-educated women, Zonta International’s early members were part of the growing, though still comparatively small, legion of women entering the workforce.

Those innovators were also part of the first generation of North American women to vote. Though much progress has been made since Zonta’s founding 98 years ago, our work is not done.

Today, through donations to the Zonta International Foundation, Zonta improves women's lives, their children's lives and the communities in which they live and work.  

Together with United Nations agencies, we are continuing to reduce early marriage and early pregnancy in Niger and are contributing to the elimination of obstetric fistula and the reduction of maternal mortality, morbidity and sexual violence in Liberia. We are also working to create opportunities for vulnerable and excluded girls to realize their rights to an education in a secure and protective environment in Madagascar and to create sustainable foundations for addressing the link between human trafficking and foreign labor migration of women and girls in Nepal.

Additionally, we are continuing to support our three programs for women and girls pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of aerospace sciences and engineering, business and business management and public affairs.

As we celebrate our anniversary this month, join us in making gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide. Click here to donate to the Foundation, and show your support by downloading and sharing these Every Member Every November images on your social media pages.




Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

»Read her biography.