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Women in the GOP

Karen Handel

Women have played a key role in the Republican Party since its establishment in 1854.

The Republican Party and Republican women were the primary force behind the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Republican women have made history as the first women to serve in key positions, including Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Republican women such as Karen Handel (pictured) continue to explore uncharted territory on behalf of all women. Handel is poised to become the next Republican woman in Congress! In June, she will compete in Georgia's 6th congressional district runoff election. Handel served as Georgia's first elected Republican secretary of state from 2007-2009.  Read more about Handel