The Women's National Republican Club Opens Suffrage Exhibit

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Now on display at the Women's National Republican Club, located at 3 W. 51st Street, is an exhibit titled, "Women's Suffrage and the Founding of The Women's National Republican Club".

The Republican History of Women’s Suffrage

Now on display at the Women’ s National Republican Club, located at 3 W. 51st Street, is an exhibit titled, “Women’ s Suffrage and the Founding of The Women’s National Republican Club.” The exhibit highlights the Suffrage movement, and the Republican history of advocacy for women’s suffrage, which helped lead to the founding of The Women’s National Republican Club in 1921.

The Club’s founder, Henrietta Wells Livermore, a key figure in the Suffrage movement, believed that “women needed to be educated so they could vote.” In addition to Mrs. Livermore, the exhibit details the lives of several other Club founders including Pauline Sabin and Ruth Baker Pratt. Sabin was the first woman representative to the Republican National Committee and a leader in the movement to repeal Prohibition. Pratt was the first female representative to be elected from New York (in 1928).

The exhibit also includes a letter from President Calvin Coolidge, a Republican, to the Club commemorating the Clubhouse opening in 1924 and a 1902 letter from Susan B. Anthony, an early advocate for women’s suffrage.

The exhibit’s curators were club members Judy McGrath and Meg McKeon. The Chair of the Club’s Suffragette Committee, Maritza Bolano notes, “The Republican Party was the leader in women’s rights just as it had been a leader under President Lincoln in the abolition movement.” She adds, “It’s important that young people see the exhibit and learn about this important chapter in our nation’s history.”

The exhibit is open to club members and their guests. For groups interested in viewing the exhibit, please contact Carol Simon at (212) 582-8474.

About the Women’s National Republican Club: The Women’s National Republican Club, founded in 1921, provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas relating to the value of political parties as they relate to governing; advocates, promotes and maintains the principles of Republicanism; awards achievements and excellence in the public and private sector; and, maintains a clubhouse that serves as a center for these goals. ###

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