Our Mission

Quota International is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities around the world. In 1919, five business women inspired to serve, founded Quota International as the first international women's service organization, one year before women in the United States won the right to vote.

Today, more than 5,000 Quota members, women, men, and youth, come together to help women and children overcome poverty, educational, and workforce challenges in 14 countries.

Way Back in 1919

The idea for Quota International was sparked when Wanda Frey Joiner attended a Christmas “ladies' night” party hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, New York.  Wanting to form a similar organization for women to join, a few weeks later, Joiner and four businesswomen, signed incorporation documents forming Quota Club International on February 6, 1919, one year before the United States passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and less than one month after the end of World War I. Because many women had joined the workforce and organized campaigns to support the troops, when the war was over, women wanted more employment and empowerment opportunities.  Their enthusiasm propelled the organization to become the first international women-only service organization in 1925. 

“Empowering men, women, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired in local communities around the world”
— Mission Statement adopted in 2014 at International Convention


  • 1919: Quota is founded in New York and members contribute to WW1 victory campaign

  • 1925: Quota becomes an international organisation

  • 1972: Aid to hearing and speech impaired people becomes an official service project with Shatter Silence, a public awareness campaign about deafness. Quota International pioneers efforts helping the public understand deafness.

  • 1973: Quota Beenleigh is incorporated

  • 1993: Assisting disadvantaged women and children becomes the second service mission.

  • 2006: QuoCKa reading programs are instigated

  • 2010: Junior Quota mentoring program was formed with the initiation of the Beenleigh JQ Club

  • 2019: Quota International celebrates 100 years of outstanding service in local communities around the world