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100 Years of Zonta International History

100 YEARS OF ZONTA INTERNATIONAL

On 8 November 2019, Zonta International marked a century of commitment to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

To celebrate the contribution and achievements of the organization and its districts, clubs and individual members, the Centennial Anniversary Committee drove a decade-long project to compile a history of those 100 years.

Zontians around the world supplied information to supplement the research and writing undertaken by Danish Zontian and historian, Eva Nielsen. This webpage gives access to more than 80 chapters and appendices detailing Zonta’s story. All the work involved was done on a voluntary basis.

Author’s biography and acknowledgements

 

Zonta's History
Appendices
District Histories
ZONTA’S HISTORY

Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: 1919 to 1949
Chapter 3: 1949 to 1962
Chapter 4: 1962 to 1975
Chapter 5: 1975 to 1989
Chapter 6: 1990 to 2001
Chapter 7: 2001 to 2018
Chapter 8: The Past, the Present and the Future

APPENDICES

Appendix 1: Zonta’s Founder, Code of Ethics and Emblem
Appendix 2: The Zonta Rose
Appendix 3: Zonta Countries Chronologically Listed
Appendix 4: Zonta Countries by Geographic Zones
Appendix 5: Number of Zonta Clubs Worldwide
Appendix 6: Chronological Survey of Zonta clubs 1919-2019
Appendix 7: Number of Zonta Members Worldwide
Appendix 8: Zonta International Conventions
Appendix 9: Zonta International Boards
Appendix 10: Zonta International Committees
Appendix 11: Zonta International Foundation and Zonta Funds
Appendix 12: Zonta International Foundation Board and Committees
Appendix 13: Organization, and Organization and Extension Committee (1922-1998)
Appendix 14: Membership Committee (1952-1998) and OMC Committee (1998-2020)
Appendix 15: Centennial Anniversary Committee
Appendix 16: Zonta International and the UN
Appendix 17: Zonta International and the Council of Europe
Appendix 18: Z and Golden Z Clubs

DISTRICT HISTORIES

Chapter 1: Development of Districts Worldwide (1920-2019)
Chapter 2: Zonta in North America – An Overview
Chapter 3: Zonta Clubs in North America
Chapter 4: North American Inter-district Meetings
Chapter 5: District 01 – North America
Chapter 6: District 02 – North America
Chapter 7: District 03 – North America
Chapter 8: District 04 – North America
Chapter 9: District 05 – North America
Chapter 10: District 06 – North America
Chapter 11: District 07 – North America
Chapter 12: District 08 – North America
Chapter 13: District 09 – North America
Chapter 14: District 10 – North America
Chapter 15: District 11 – North America
Chapter 16: District 12 – North America
Chapter 17: District 15 – North America
Chapter 18: North American District Governors (1920-1949)
Chapter 19: North American District Governors (1950-1970)
Chapter 20: North American District Governors (1970-2020)
Chapter 21: Zonta in Central and South America – An Overview
Chapter 22: District Governors – Central and South America
Chapter 23: Zonta in Europe – An Overview
Chapter 24: Zonta in Europe – the non-districted Period (1930-1962)
Chapter 25: District XIII – the Nordic District (1962-1986)
Chapter 26: District XIV – the European District (1962-1994)
Chapter 27: District 13 – Europe (1986-2019)
Chapter 28: District 20 – Europe (1986-2019)
Chapter 29: District 21 – Europe (1986-2019)
Chapter 30: District 14 – Europe (1994-2019)
Chapter 31: District 27 – Europe (1994-2019)
Chapter 32: District 28 – Europe (1994-2019)
Chapter 33: District 29 – Europe (1994–2019)
Chapter 34: District 30 – Europe (1994-2019)
Chapter 35: District Governors – Europe (1962-2020)
Chapter 36: European National Zonta Unions
Chapter 37: European Inter-district Weekend Seminars (1994-2007)
Chapter 38: European Seminars (1995-2019)
Chapter 39: Zonta in Africa – An Overview
Chapter 40: District Governors – Africa (1970–2020)
Chapter 41: Zonta in Australia and New Zealand An Overview
Chapter 42: Zonta in Australia and New Zealand – the Non-districted Period (1965-1974)
Chapter 43: District XVI – Australia and New Zealand (1974-1989)
Chapter 44: District 16 – New Zealand (1990-2018)
Chapter 45: District 24 – Australia (1990-2019)
Chapter 46: District 23 – Australia (1980-2019)
Chapter 47: District 22 – Australia (2008–2019)
Chapter 48: District Governors – Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 49: Zonta in Asia – An Overview
Chapter 50: District 17 – Asia (1980-2019)
Chapter 51: District 25 – India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka (1990–019)
Chapter 52: District 26 – Japan (1990–2019)
Chapter 53: District 31 – Republic of China and Mongolia (2006–2019)
Chapter 54: District 32 – Republic of Korea (2006–2019)
Chapter 55: District 33 – District Governors –Asia (1970–2019)

The above documents reflect the extensive work of the author. If any information is used, we ask that it is unchanged and credited appropriately.

Please contact pr@zonta.org with any questions.

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