Club History

Early 1900's

In the early 1900's, men would remark that "women do not engage in politics."

August 18, 1920

The 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.  One man's signature was the tipping point

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)

October, 1964

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 raise her family.  She still follows Club happenings from her Severna Park home.

Our Club has contributed to  the development of Anne Arundel County, making it a well-run Republican stronghold.  We have passed a County Charter, elected four County Executives, a U.S. Congresswoman, three U.S. Congressmen, two U.S. Senators, and numerous state delegates and senators, and County Councilmen.

Club Presidents

Meghan Lawson (2016-2017)

Liz League (2014-2015)

Amy Leahy (2010-2013)

Anne Rutherford (2008-2009)

Faith Loudon (2004-2007)

Maria Mercado (2001-2003)

Flo Wentz (2000-2001)

Janet Bauer (1998-1999)

Marian Hunt (1996-1997)

Rita Brandon (1992-1995)

Mary Rohe (1989-1991)

Jean Rude (1987-1988)

Lee Sexton (1983-1986)

Jo Anne Pittaway (1979-1982)

Ruthanne Gary (1976-1978)

Marian Kirkley (1972-1976)

Joan Alspaw (1970-1971)

Moya Mulqueen (1969)

Flo Barrow (1968)

Virginia Love (1967)

Jean (Genie) Sack (1965-1966)

Betty Eby (1964)

Deceased 2018