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Women in the GOP

Sojourner Truth and Elise Stefanik

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 of Montana, the first woman elected to Congress.

Republican women such as abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth, widely regarded as one of our nation's most significant historical figures, and Elise Stefanik, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to Congress, have explored uncharted territory on behalf of all women. Elise Stefanik (pictured right) pays tribute to Sojourner Truth (pictured left) in the latest installment in the Women Then and Now Centennial Suffrage Series.