|Motto||Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide|
|Key people||Amelia Earhart (member)|
The first Zonta Club was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919 by a group of businesswomen and was organized along the lines of the Rotary Club, with one woman from each business classification admitted to the local club and all members required to give 60% of their time to the "work under which they are classified". By 1923 clubs had been established in New York City, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Cleveland, and Toledo, Ohio. The National President was Miss Harriet A. Ackroyd of Utica, New York.
The Confederation of Zonta Clubs was formed in 1930. Originally conceived as a female equivalent of the Lions Clubs, Zonta sponsors program to help women in the field of public affairs and policy making. It has consultative status with the Council of Europe, the UN, ILO, and several UN agencies.
Currently, Zonta International is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. The organization has more than 31,000 members in 65 countries.
Zonta is well known for its Amelia Earhart Fellowship program, founded in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, who was a member of Zonta. The Fellowship provides funds for women to study aerospace science or engineering at the graduate level.
- Zonta International Web Page
- A finding aid for a collection of Zonta related papers at the University of Texas at San Antonio
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