About Zonta

The History of Zonta International

Zonta International (ZI) is a worldwide association of professional women in positions of responsibility. Their common goal: to improve the living situation of women in the legal, political, economic and professional spheres.

Zonta International is non-partisan, non-denominational and ideologically neutral. Cultivating friendship and mutual help is an essential element of our togetherness. This is what the motto "Zonta is encounter - worldwide" stands for.

There are more than 1,100 clubs with 28,000 members in 63 countries worldwide. We value diversity - the mix of professions, talents, generations and different socializations.

Zonta was founded in 1919 in the USA as the first female service organization.

The name Zonta is borrowed from the symbolic language of the Native American Sioux people and means to act honorably, be trustworthy and have integrity. The founders chose it as a standard for their own actions. The Zonta emblem also symbolizes these goals. The members of a club come from different professional groups. This diversity is part of the Zonta philosophy: looking beyond one's own professional horizon and gaining insight into other professions is a personal gain for each member and promotes mutual tolerance. In professional diversity lies the strength of service work, to which all members contribute specifically with their skills, knowledge, financial resources and connections.


The history of Zonta International .... The first years.... I The history of Zonta is closely connected with the development of emancipation and the value of women in the world and is characterized by great personalities such as Amelia Earhart. It is all the more important to continue this development and not to slacken in denouncing grievances and calling them into the consciousness of all people!

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