Soroptimist International of San Francisco
The award was established by Soroptimist International of the Americas in 2010 to rename and replace the “Advancing the Status of Women”, “Women Helping Women”, “Women of Distinction Award”, and the “Making a Difference for Women Award”.
“The Soroptimist Ruby Award”, is named in honor of our first Federation President Ruby Minar. The award recognizes women who have significantly aided women and/or girls, through professional or volunteer efforts.
Soroptimist International of San Francisco continues to use the Ruby Award to honor San Francisco women who, through their professional and or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. Their work has had a significant impact and also inspires and encourages other women.
A ruby is also a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients.
Past Recipients include:
2006- Aileen Clarke Hernandez – first NOW president and a long list of accomplishments, recently passed away
2007- Rev. Glenda Hope – SafeHouse
2008 Alison Levine– Climb High Foundation, inspirational speaker and trained women in Uganda to break the taboo of women guides up the mountain
2009- Congresswoman Jackie Speier
2010 Olga Murray– Napalese Youth Opportunity Foundation
2011-Jennifer Seibel Newsome– creator and director of Miss-Representation and two more conscious raising films, Girls Club Entertainment LLC, to teach woman all of the “jobs” in film making
2012- Martha Ryan– Homeless Prenatal Project
2013 Esta Soler – Future Without Violence
2014- Sr. Marguerite- Gracenter
2015- Olga Talamante- Chicana Latina Foundation and also a long history of accomplishments
2016 Mayseng Saetern – Asian Women’s Shelter
2017 Christine Armstrong – President, San Francisco Healthcare Business Women’s Association