The Zonta Club of Concord, NH Inc. is part of ZONTA INTERNATIONAL, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
- Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and all are able to achieve their full potential.
- A world where women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis.
- A world in which no woman lives in fear of violence.
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL has more than:
- 30,000 Members
- 1,200 Clubs
- and has Clubs in 66 Countries
In 1919, ZONTA INTERNATIONAL was established in Buffalo, New York. Early members were among
~ the first generation of college-educated women,
~ the first generation of north American women to vote, and
~ a part of the growing, though still comparatively small, legion of women entering the workforce.
ZONTA’s inspiration & founder was MARIAN de FOREST.
While working in a prominent role at the Buffalo Express at a time when women rarely held leadership positions, playwright and journalist Marian de Forest conceived the idea of an organization that would bring together women in executive positions.
She envisioned a strong network that would help women reach their rightful places in the professions.
“ZONTA” is derived from a Lakhota (Teton Dakota), a language of the Native-American Sioux peoples, meaning “honest and trustworthy”. It was adopted in 1919 to symbolize the combined qualities of honesty and trust, inspiration, and the ability to work together for service and world understanding.