Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote!
The 19th Amendment was passed by both chambers of Congress on June 4th, 1919 and the next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution. The opening of the amendment reads:
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
Just 22 days after the 19th Amendment was ratified, the Republican Women's Club of Frederick County was formed. It was the FIRST women's club in the country and one step ahead of the creation of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women (MFRW)
Forty four years after women were granted the right to vote, a handful of women gathered at the home of Sue Liddy in Round Bay. Those present included Marjorie Holt, Charlotte Eldridge, Betty Eby, Sue Liddy, and Genie Sack.
Their goal was to form a Republican Women's club in the area. The club's efforts would shape the political landscape and springboard many women into elected positions.
After serving locally as Supervisor of Elections (1964), and Clerk of the Circuit Court (1966), Marjorie Holt was elected to congress, holding the position until 1987. She was the first Republican woman in Maryland to be elected to Congress. She left to continue her law practice and be with her family.
Although Marjorie Holt was a founding member of the SPRWC, she never served as president or any elected member of the Board. She did however, after her political career ended, serve as a board member, providing guidance and direction for the Club and mentoring young women interested in pursuing a political office. She passed away in January 2018 at the age of 97, surrounded by her family.
In 2012 the Board of SPRWC established a scholarship in honor of Congresswoman Holt, and has been awarding scholarships based on written essays to local high school girls to assist with college. Each year a committee of women in the club read the essays written - each year there is a different topic - and at our annual Spring fundraiser we host the young winner for lunch and present her $1,000 scholarship check. Young women must be a resident of and attend school in Anne Arundel County.