It was during a Democrat heyday in 1938 that the Republican National Committee called upon women in the organization to organize, being that there were only six Republican governorships, 88 House seats and 16 Senate seats. Our country was in an economic depression with unemployment around 19 percent. The National Federation of Republican Women was founded on such a political landscape. A call went out across the country, and the organization was founded as an auxiliary to the Republican National Committee (RNC). Later that year, the Republican Party successfully took back 71 House seats, six Senate seats and 12 governorships.
In the early years, the federation was primarily a lobbying group of the RNC. The women continued to be the front-line effort on voter participation, and in 1952 the National Federation of Republican Women split from the party to be its own organization.
Consider that in recent years we have faced the deepest recession since the Great Depression. A successful recovery plan, tax reform and healthcare reform are being pursued; domestic terrorism, violence and social unrest are on the rise. Nearly 80 years later, the Republican Women stand in the forefront of these issues and are going strong.
Just last week the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women held their Biennial Convention in Memphis to elect officers and promote the platform of the party. In three short years, we will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, an historic event which occurred right in Nashville. Chartered in 2004, the Grainger County Republican Women have dominated the political climate with legislative breakfasts, summer picnics, candidate forums and numerous meet and greets for party leaders and candidates. The Republican Women have been and continue to be a positive force in the region. Join our efforts as we support our party principles and determine our own destiny.
Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, Board of Directors
Tennessee Republican Party, Vice Chairman