Sorosis is the mother of women's clubs, and, although but twenty-five years old, she has in various countries of the world more than two hundred prosperous and flourishing children. Some of them live in houses of their own, which Sorosis does not - yet. But no one of them feels that it has quite attained the dignity and strength of the mother club.
The organization of Sorosis, in March, 1868, was considered a bold step. No club had ever existed, composed exclusively of women and officered by them. Nor had women taken any active part in business or public affairs. Very few women were doing professional work. The only step in the direction of club life for women had been taken by a New England organization, formed about a month before Sorosis was organized, to which women were admitted as members and were allowed to vote but not to hold office.