History of National Federation of Republican Women
Founded in 1938, it is a grassroots political organization with more than 1,600 local clubs in the 50 states and in the U.S. territories. Members at the local, state and national levels work to recruit and elect Republican candidates, to advocate the Party’s philosophy and initiatives, and to advance women in the political process. The NFRW’s national headquarters are located in Alexandria, Virginia.
National membership is open to every Republican woman by way of her local club or through a national associate membership. Members of a local club also are granted membership in their state Federation.
Mission Once an auxiliary of the Republican National Committee (RNC), the NFRW is financially and organizationally independent today. The goals of the organization are to:
- Promote an informed public through political education and activity;
- Increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government;
- Facilitate cooperation among the national and state Federations of Republican women’s clubs;
- Foster loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its principles and candidates in all elections, including non-partisan elections; and,
- Support Republican objectives and policies and work for the election of Republican nominees.
Republican women’s clubs have existed for over 100 years. They were originally inspired by the Republican Platform of 1872, which said: “The Republican Party is mindful of its obligation to the loyal women of America for their noble devotion to the cause of Freedom.” With that, Republican women’s clubs were off and running. The oldest club on record was founded in Salt Lake City in the late 1800s.
Under the direction of Miss Marion E. Martin, who was then the Assistant Chairman of the Republican National Committee and National Committeewoman for Maine, and with the encouragement of RNC Chairman John D.M. Hamilton, an organizational meeting took place in Chicago on November 4, 1937. Thirty-eight women members of the Republican National Committee met to discuss the “desirability” of federating. The National Federation of Republican Women was founded at a conference held at the Palmer House in Chicago, September 23-24, 1938. The delegates adopted rules for governing the establishment of a National Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs to promote education along political lines, and to encourage the following purposes:
“To foster and encourage loyalty to the Republican Party and the ideals for which it stands; to foster cooperation between independent groups and the regular party organization, which are working for the same objectives, namely sound government; to promote interchange of ideas and experiences of various clubs to the end that the policies, which have proven particularly effective in one state, may be adopted in another; and to encourage a national attitude and approach to the problems facing the Republican Party.”
The organization was originally known as the National Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs of America (NFWRC). The name was changed in January 1953 to the National Federation of Republican Women (NFR
Florida Federation of Republican Women
The Florida Federation of Republican Women (FFRW) was chartered in 1950 and is comprised of over 50 clubs throughout the state that share our goals and ideals.
We are affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), a grassroots organization of around 100,000 women throughout the country who support Republican candidates and issues at all levels of government.
FFRW nurtures a powerful network of women in both large cities and small communities who produce results in elections. We commit ourselves to advancing the participation of Republican Women in all areas of the political system and are dedicated to encouraging and empowering women of all ages and backgrounds. Our goal is strengthening the Republican Party and working to influence the crucial issues that face our communities, state, and nation.
We educate our members on the political process and current issues, assist the GOP in electing qualified Republicans to office, and promote Republican initiatives. This year we are working for the primary and general elections, manning Republican Headquarters, holding voter registration drives and candidate forums. We walk door to door, make thousands of phone calls, and fill in wherever needed. Our members also help individual candidates as campaign managers, fundraisers and general volunteers.
We understand that it is our responsibility to make government responsible on every level – and we are ready for that challenge.
FFRW clubs can be found in Florida’s largest cities and smallest communities. With such a powerful network, we commit ourselves to advancing the participation of Republican Women in all areas of the political system. We are dedicated to encouraging and empowering women of all ages and backgrounds, strengthening the Republican Party, and working to influence the crucial issues that face our communities, state and nation.
Many of our members hold political office in their local communities and many others serve in the Florida Legislature. Our members are also active Republican Executive Committee leaders and serve as State Committeewomen.