The Arkansas Federation of Republican Women was founded in 1948 and affiliated with the NFRW in 1955. The mission of the AFRW is to promote an informed electorate through political education and to increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active participation. Another goal is to unite all of our efforts toward the continuation of a two-party system in the State of Arkansas.
This goal was accomplished – and exceeded - in 2014 when the Republican Party made history by becoming the majority party in Arkansas. We elected Republicans in all seven constitutional offices, took control of the state Senate and House, and elected four US Congressmen and two US Senators! It was the first time in history that we swept the constitutional offices and the first time in 140 years to have a 100% Republican federal delegation. Of the 102 state races in which there was a Republican candidate, we were victorious in 94, resulting in a 92% average. We had a historic 15 female candidates elected in the state House, 4 in the Senate, and 2 in the capitol.
The Arkansas Federation clubs participate in voter registration, candidate recruitment, political rallies, forums and legislative day events. In addition, members participate in patriotic projects across the state, have a scholarship program for female high school seniors, essay programs, and support our military with various activities.
AFRW members encourage and empower women of all ages and backgrounds. We work with, and strengthen, the Republican Party of Arkansas, state legislators, and our local government officials. We have members holding offices at all levels of government.
AFRW will celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2015. Melonaie Gullick was elected as president for the 2013-2015 term.