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 Estelle Reel, the first woman elected to state office as Wyoming's superintendent of public instruction in 1894.
Republican women such as Susan B. Anthony (pictured left), our nation's most well-known suffragist, and Joni Ernst (pictured right), the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress, have explored uncharted territory on behalf of all women. Anthony and Ernst are profiled in the Women Then and Now Centennial Suffrage Series.