The Iowa Federation of Republican Women are one of many groups looking forward to seeing the first elected female governor of Iowa inaugurated. Kim Reynolds, a member of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women herself, beat Democrat Fred Hubbell in 2018 to become the first elected woman governor in Iowa history.

“It’s very historical,” said Gloria Mazza, president of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women. “We hear so much about the Democrats being for women and the women marches and the women everything. But in Iowa alone, the first woman Speaker of the House was a Republican, the first woman Auditor was a Republican, the first woman U.S. Senator was a Republican. We feel like the Republican women have really broken the glass ceiling here in the state.”

Mazza was selected to serve as an Honorary Colonel for the Inauguration.

“I’m very honored,” she said. “I was highly involved in the campaign down here. I worked almost every day at the campaign office.”

The National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential women’s political organization in the nation, according to Mazza.

“We always feel we influence change from the grassroots up and we work together with Republicans at all levels,” Mazza said. “I don’t think there’s a Democrat counterpart.”
In addition to helping candidates, the group also recruits candidates. The group has existed in Iowa since 1939.

“That’s a long time,” Mazza said. “The organization is not as big in Iowa as it has been back years ago.”

But it’s growing. The group was heavily involved in the governor’s race as well as Congressional elections in 2018.

Mazza is serving the second year of her two-year term as president. She was vice president prior to that. Prior to that she served as president of the Polk County Republican women’s group.

“We more than doubled our membership during my presidency,” Mazza said. “We won the national award of the largest percentage of growth in the nation.”

The group meets monthly. All the clubs around the state bring in speakers and hold events about policy or featuring candidates. For more information, visit the group’s website.