From our founding, we were a force in our state's politics...
The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) in 1953.
Our "roots" began during the victorious campaigns of President Eisenhower and North Carolina Congressman Jonas in1952. Fourteen unit clubs were represented at the first convention held in Hickory, NC on April 11, 1953. Those clubs were Alexander County, Buncombe County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Catawba County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Forsyth County, Henderson County, Jackson County, Madison County, Polk County, Sampson County, Transylvania County and Wake County.
The NCFRW was highly visible in North Carolina's first two gubernatorial victories. In 1973, James E. Holshouser Jr. was sworn in as the first Republican governor of the century, and James G. Martin was the second in 1984. In 2013, Pat McCrory was sworn in as the third Republican governor in the modern era.
Gaining in visibility and influence
We continued this legacy when NCFRW aggressively assisted with the elections of Congresswomen Sue Myrick from Charlotte and Virginia Foxx from Boone, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole from Salisbury.
In 2002, NCFRW members were instrumental in the election of seven Republican U.S. House of Representatives out of 13 districts and our two Republican U.S. senators. Linda Shaw, former national committeewoman, was applauded for her presence at the national level as a Federated woman. In 2006, a Federated Republican woman, Jean Preston, was the only Republican in North Carolina to defeat a sitting Democrat.
By 2012, NCFRW ably assisted with the elections of Congresswomen Virginia Foxx and Renee Ellmers, NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, along with three Republican women to the NC Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. NCFRW has sent thirteen (13) women to the NC House and six (6) women to the NC Senate. Dr. Ada Fisher was elected North Carolina National Committeewoman in 2008.
In 2016, we worked hard to elect a Republican President, Republican Senator, Republicans at every level, and expose the assault on American values.
NCFRW has five regions and more than 40 clubs. Our mission is to inform, educate and train our members to be activists and candidates.
Club presidents and members stay connected statewide through our monthly newsletters and legislative updates, and have immense influence with the residents in each community by being informed on the issues. Our web site helps provide members across our state with the resources to be effective leaders.
NCFRW has been praised for our leadership action in community service and leadership positions at the local and state party levels. Our RISE program offers measurable results to encourage clubs to be active and increase membership.
Through our Caring for America program, NCFRW has raised more than $20,000 in scholarship funds for children of American servicemen killed in the war. NCFRW established a scholarship funded by personal contributions to assist teachers across our state on behalf of our former first lady, Dottie Martin. The Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship Fund supports future educators with a $500 scholarship for multiple applicants annually. The Honorary Life Member program began in 1963 to recognize women leaders that have provided outstanding services to the Republican Party, with unit clubs recommending their nominees to the NCFRW. Our Tribute to Women programs honors each club's exceptional leaders.
Each year, the Federation makes a difference at the grassroots level on the issues that affect our state. We work hard to increase our membership and support our Republican candidates on the local, state and federal levels. Our state ranks regularly near or at the top of all categories of NFRW accomplishments.