Oklahoma, one of the youngest states in the nation, was admitted to the Union in 1907. It was populated by Indians removed from the southeast in the 1880s, and land-hungry farmers in the land runs and lotteries of the 1890s. Most of these people were advocates of the principles of the Southern Democrat Party, which dominated Oklahoma politics for sixty years.
One of the Republican successes during this time occurred in the wake of women's suffrage when,
in 1920, Alice M. Robertson became the
only Oklahoma woman ever elected to Congress.
Congresswoman Robertson subsequently founded the first Oklahoma Republican Women's Club in Oklahoma City in 1921. There were few successes during the next 20 years, but the faithful few worked hard, served well, and grew with Oklahoma. In 1941, the Republican Women's Clubs in Oklahoma
were federated. Since that time the Oklahoma
Federation has grown to 28 clubs with
more than 1,200 members.
At the 2001 Biennial Convention, OFRW
celebrated 60 successful years with the federation.
Club members diligently serve in local, state and national campaigns. Many members have been elected to office in their respective counties.
The Oklahoma First Ladies program honors Oklahoma Republican women and provides funding for the OFRW essay contest, programs of the OFRW, and contributions to Republican
candidates, particularly women.
Republican Women Care
Through "Caring for America" committees, unit
clubs serve their communities by participating in
literacy projects, purchasing library books, helping
needy families, providing career clothing for women seeking to re-enter the work force, and helping to
build houses for Habitat for Humanity, among
others. They also contribute to the NFRW
internship and scholarship programs.
For information about the NFRW programs go to
The Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women sponsors an annual essay contest for 7th and 8th grade students. This is a serious endeavor on our part to encourage students to reflect on the importance of government and patriotism in
their own lives, as well as how it affected
people in the past.