History of Central Republican Women of Phoenix
Central Republican Women of Phoenix was created when two long-standing Arizona clubs, Central Republican Women and Cactus Wren Republican Women, were combined in 2013.
Our members are also members of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) and the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW). Members have a strong voice in city, county, state and national activities by participating in elections and by fostering loyalty to the Republican Party by active involvement in promoting its ideals, principles and candidates.
The Central Republican Women of Phoenix members promote educational programs, activities and party building.
History of Cactus Wren Republican Women
Cactus Wren Republican Women’s Club was founded in 1967. We were the first Republican Women’s Club with evening meetings. Many women wanted to become politically active but could not get away from occupational or home responsibilities during the day so Cactus Wren was born; a place for women to meet and exchange ideas, learn about politics and help the Republican cause.
In 1988 Cactus Wren formed a political action committee (Cactus Wren PAC) in order to have legal entity for raising and distributing funds to candidates and/or campaigns.
History of Central Republican Women
Central Republican Women of Phoenix was chartered in 1958.
Arizona Federation of Republican Women –
Rich in Heritage in 1920, under the guidance of a most interesting and energetic lady, Mrs. J.L.B. Alexander, a small group of Arizona women met weekly for the purpose of “study and promotion of the American system of government as exemplified in Republican Party principles and candidates.” This group, know as the Women’s Republican League, soon began to expand across the State. There is an account dedicated members traveling for as long as seven days throughout six Arizona counties in the spring of 1924, to form several more clubs.
We have found a resolution passed at one of the early meetings that states:
“Recommendation adopted that women be given representation on County and State Central Committees and that this Organization has a voice in the selection of its representatives and appointment of women workers.”
Our formal constitution and bylaws were adopted in May 1924 as the result of the rich heritage of dedicated Republican women who took giant steps in laying the AzFRW foundation for each one of us.
When the National Federation of Republican Women was founded in September 1938, at a conference held at the Palmer House in Chicago, Arizona became part of the national organization. The NFRW was organized under the direction of Marion E. Martin, who was serving as Assistant Chairman of the RNC and was the National Committeewoman from the state of Maine.
The seal of the NFRW is the American Golden Eagle, considered king of birds, holding a quill pen and standing guard over our most treasured tool of democracy: the ballot box. Adopted in 1944, this emblem portrays the Federation’s interest in the protection and integrity of our electoral process. The American Eagle is borrowed from the great seal of the United States of America. The quill is symbolic of the pwer of words, especially as contained in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
Today, the NFRW is a national grassroots political organization composed of local clubs around the United States of America, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As members of our local club, and thereby the AzFRW, we are each members of the National Federation of Republican Women, the largest women’s organization.