About Us

Republican Women’s Club - IowaFRW

Our History

since 1939

The formation of early Iowa Republican Women’s Clubs began in 1928 by Ella C. Taylor, one of Iowa’s first female newspaper columnists. She lived in Tama County at the time, which makes Tama County the home of the first Republican Women’s Club in Iowa. Ella Taylor was an Iowa delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924.

Republican National Committeewoman Martha McClure, of Mt. Pleasant, in Henry County, Iowa, was instrumental in organizing Iowa Republican women into a state wide club. She was an Iowa delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924 and a member of the Republican National Committee from Iowa from 1937-1940. The Iowa Federation of Republican Women (IowaFRW) became a part of National Federation of Republican Women in 1939.

In 1938, during Marion Martin’s tenure as assistant chairman of the Republican National Committee and national committeewoman for Maine, she founded the NFRW in an effort to unify and give a national voice to the many Republican women’s organizations already in existence throughout the nation and to attract new women into Republican politics.


To elect Republicans at all levels of government.


We will work as a team to develop and engage our membership through communication, education and outreach.


We are Republicans because we believe that…

  • The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.
  • Good government is based on the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.
  • Free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.
  • Sound money policy should be our goal.
  • Equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity should exist for all.
  • We must retain those principles worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.
  • Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.
  • The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.