Primary Day is Coming Soon!
Tuesday, May 16
Did You Know:
The Republican Party pioneered the right of women to vote by introducing the 19th amendment in 1878. Republicans continued to support women's suffrage throughout the very long campaign for acceptance. Finally, when the Republican Party regained control of Congress in 1919, the Equal Suffrage Amendment passed. During all those years, the Democrats fought women's suffrage just like they fought the abolition of slavery.
But even before the passage of the 19th amendment, women were attracted to the Republican Party because of its anti-slavery stance. That's why the Republican Party attracted reformers like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. All of these women identified themselves as Republicans.
In 1922, 1000 Lancaster suffragettes gathered to form the first Women's Republican Club in PA. They wanted a Republican Club because the Republican Party had always support women's suffrage, as well as the abolition of slavery. A lot has changed since that first meeting, but what hasn’t changed is our mission:
To support and strengthen the Republican Party, to advance women in political knowledge and activity, and to promote honest government and unselfish patriotism. Today, our mission is even more needed, and we’re so glad you’re joining us. We stand on the shoulders of our visionary predecessors to organize events, introduce candidates, educate the public, promote the Republican ideals of freedom and liberty, help with campaigns, and support Republican women running for office.
In the summer of 1922, a group of women made plans to gather other civic-minded women such as themselves into one large Republican Club for Lancaster County. Having helped Republican candidates and worked hard to fight for their right to vote, these ladies were already politically active. The founders of our club were Mrs. Charles Stauffer, Mrs. Bernard J. Myers, Mrs. I.H. Herr and Mrs. Mary S. Long. They printed an invitation in the local newspaper urging women to attend the first meeting of the Women’s Republican Club of Lancaster County (WRC) on October 3, 1922. 1,000 women attended this meeting at the Brunswick Hotel in Downtown Lancaster and the Women’s Republican Club was born. Membership peaked in 1972 at 3,500 members.
For decades, members of the WRC have engaged in projects to introduce candidates to the electorate, preparing and supporting women to hold public office, and supporting Republican principles.
In February 1923, the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women was organized in Harrisburg, PA with the goal of uniting all Women Republican Clubs throughout the state. In February 1926, the WRC of Lancaster County became a part of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women. The name was later changed to the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women.
DO YOU KNOW
The Republican Party consistently supported women’s suffrage throughout the 72-year campaign to win the vote. Republicans also advocated for the abolition of slavery, for equal rights and for the principle of equal pay for equal work.
A BIT OF HISTORY
In September 1922, two years after the 19th amendment guaranteed American women the vote, Lancaster suffragettes met with Governor Pinchot, who had served as a vice-president of Men for Suffrage, to discuss forming a Republican Women’s Club. They wanted a Republican Women’s Club because the Republican Party had always supported the fight for women’s suffrage. On October 3, 1922, 1,000 former suffragettes formed the club.
We stand on the shoulders of our visionary predecessors to organize events, introduce candidates, educate the public, promote the Republican ideals of freedom and liberty, help with campaigns, and support Republican women running for office.
May 13 at 11am
Lunch at Loxley's
Crafting the Republican Message
Dr. Paul Gottfried, editor of the national conservative magazine The Chronicles, will discuss his many decades as a conservative and as an editor. Our friend Robert Carbello will introduce Dr. Gottfried. Jennie Jenkins Dallas, the publisher of the La Voz Latina, will talk about why she became a Republican and her efforts to inform the Latino community about why they too should vote Republican.
June 10 at 11am
Lunch at Loxley's
100 Million The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but communism didn’t. Today one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. Ken Pope, the CEO of the one-year-old Museum for the Victims of Communism will share their stories and the stories of the 100 million people killed by communism.
May 19, 6:30pm
Barnstormers vs York Revolution Game
Complimentary tickets to watch game from Skybox 214. If you'd like to eat more than popcorn, plan to purchase refreshments. Note: Only credit cards are accepted at Clipper Stadium. All tickets will be left at the "Will Call" window under WRC. RSVP Today! We have 20 seats available that will be confirmed based on first come first serve.
Sunday July 23, 2-5pm
Summer Picnic Don’t miss the relaxed fun at our annual covered dish picnic. Bring your family and a dish to share.
Pavillion #3, Lancaster County Park, 1098 Rockford Road.
May 20 at 10am
Get Strong WRC Members! We’re hosting a Self-Defense Class, 10 a.m. to noon. Don't miss this opportunity free to all WRC members to get strong at the Taeguk Taekwondo Studio, 1980 B Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602, from 10 a.m. to noon. To make your reservation, go to our Web site www.lancasterwrc.com.
Wednesday, October 18
Bus Trip to DC
Bus Trip to DC Congressman Smucker will host our day. Our day of fascinating sights includes lunch courtesy of Congressman Smucker at the Capitol Hill Club. Our full day of fun and learning begins with a continental breakfast at RCLC and ends with a boxed supper. Please note: we can only accommodate 56 on the bus so reserve early. To cover the bus, the charge will be $30 for WRC Members. $40 for non-members.
Meet The Leadership Team
Marrianne Clay Strittmatter
First Vice President
Second Vice President
"WRC is a wonderful place for women to learn about candidates, to build relationships with like-minded women, and most importantly, to find out how they can be more involved in creating good government for our families and communities.
"As we aim for our mutual goals of protecting freedom, limiting government, and unleashing our citizens potential, we need to keep growing our movement. Women play such a critical role in that, and a strong and vibrant WRC will foster that.
"From the Suffragettes to today, the WRC is a great organization that has been- and will remain - a powerful force for good here in Lancaster.
"I appreciate all that WRC has done over the years to support Republican candidates and conservative causes. The work that WRC members do helps to keep Lancaster County such an incredible place to live, work, and raise a family.
"It is an honor to serve and represent the Women's Republican Club of Lancaster County, an organization that was instrumental in the suffrage movement bringing equality and the right to vote to women across the county, commonwealth and country. I'm thankful for their actions and continued support of conservative women throughout Lancaster County.