The Women Of The Republican Party

Mar 6, 2017

When we think of feminism, most people think of liberals and the Democratic party. But the Republicans were actually the first party to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment. And at that time, the GOP was more supportive of women’s right to vote than the Democratic party. 

This hour, we explore the history of feminism and conservatism from the suffrage movement through the Reagan era.

And we look at what's happening with the party today -- locally and nationally. The Trump administration has been labeled "anti woman." And because of low numbers, there’s an effort to recruit more women to run for office in the U.S. House of Representatives.


  • Catherine Rymph - Associate Professor of History at University of Missouri, author of Republican Women: Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage Through the Rise of the New Right 
  • Karol Markowicz - Columnist at the New York Post
  • Liz Kurantowicz - Political consultant, former chief of staff and finance director for the Connecticut Republican Party
  • Melissa Ziobron - Republican State Representative for the 34th District - East Hampton, East Haddam, Colchester

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.