The Mission and Purpose of this organization is to:
- Prepare women for positions in government, and to act as a supportive arm for our Republican candidates who seek to serve our community, state, and country by working diligently to ensure their election or re-election.
- Promote an informed electorate through political education.
Increase the effectiveness of women by promoting “good government” through active political participation.
- Foster loyalty to the Republican Party and to promote its principles and ideals in all elections, including non-partisan elections.
- Support the objectives and policies of the NFRW and the Republican National Committee (RNC) and to work for the election of Republican candidates.
Cobb County Republican Women’s Club
For almost 50 years now, the Cobb County Republican’s Women’s Club (CCRWC) has helped foster and encourage loyalty to the Republican Party and its principles, as well as promote and inform the electorate through education.
As an active member of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women and National Federation of Republican Women, CCRWC is the largest federated women’s group in Georgia with more than 300 members. CCRWC consistently receives the coveted Diamond Award for excellence at the National Federation Convention, designating it as one of the nation’s finest organizations of Republican women.
Membership in our organization provides opportunities to network and volunteer with people with similar interests and beliefs. All women and men who support the Republican philosophy are encouraged to become members and associate members, respectively.
Activities that CCRWC supports include regular monthly luncheons with dynamic guest speakers, annual veteran’s day celebration, campaign training, candidate forums, and other community events. Through our charitable giving, we support a scholarship fund and our military. In addition, our Caring for America committee highlights various organizations at our monthly luncheons throughout the year and our generous members support their efforts with their individual donations.
By joining together, we have a greater influence on the issues facing our county, state, and nation. Together, we can and do make a positive difference.
Republican Party History
The Republican Party was born in the early 1850’s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont.” Even though they were considered a “third party” because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln
became the first Republican to win the White House.
The Civil War erupted in 1861 and lasted four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.
The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women’s suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917.
Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. The White House was in Republican hands under Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush. Under the last two, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United States became the world’s only superpower, winning the Cold War from the old Soviet Union and releasing millions from Communist oppression.
The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the midterm elections way back in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, depicted a Democratic jackass trying to scare a Republican elephant – and both symbols stuck. For a long time Republicans have been known as the “G.O.P.” And party faithfuls thought it meant the “Grand Old Party.” But apparently the original meaning (in 1875) was “gallant old party.” And when automobiles were invented; it also came to mean, “get out and push.” That’s still a pretty good slogan for Republicans who depend every campaign year on the hard work of hundreds of thousands of volunteers to get out and vote and push people to support the causes of the Republican Party.
* Information adapted from the Republican National Committee website.
In 1917, Jeannette Rankin, a Montana Republican, became the first woman to serve in the House. Shortly after her election to Congress, the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919.
Ratification of the amendment was a long and difficult one. Dating back to 1896, the Republican Party became the first major party to officially favor women’s suffrage. In that year, Republican Sen. A. A. Sargent of California introduced a proposal in the Senate to give women the right to vote. The proposal was defeated four times in the Democratic-controlled Senate. When the Republican Party regained control of Congress, the Equal Suffrage Amendment finally passed (304-88). Only 16 Republicans opposed the amendment.
When the amendment was submitted to the states, 26 of the 36 states that ratified it had Republican-controlled legislatures. Twelve states, all Republican, had given women full suffrage before the federal amendment was finally ratified.
* Information adapted from the Republican National Committee’s website.
I’m a Republican because…
I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability, and responsibility must be honored.
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.
I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government