The Oregon Federation formally was organized in 1940 and affiliated with the NFRW that same year.
The Oregon Federation had its beginnings in 1935 when Irene Gerlinger and Ella Allen Scott of Portland organized a women's political group, Republican Women of Oregon Inc. A month later, the group also organized under the auspices of Pro America, founded by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt. In 1940, the group was approved to become a member of the NFRW and maintained membership in both organizations.
By 1945, two more Republican women's groups had been founded. Ultimately, members from all three organizations wanted to unite the strength of Republican women to work "toward one goal, Republican victories in Oregon. Today, members educate Oregon voters about Republican philosophy and help elect Republican candidates by volunteering countless hours to campaigns. The clubs participate in local community events such as parades and fairs. They provide scholarships, sponsor essay contests, and assist in food and clothing programs for the needy.
Today the Federation has these objectives, as stated in current Bylaws:
- To promote an informed public through political education and activity;
- To increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government;
- To facilitate cooperation among the National and State Federation of Republican Women and the Republican Women's Clubs;
- To foster loyalty to the Republican Party and to promote its principles and candidates in all elections, including Republicans in non-partisan elections;
- To support the objectives and policies of the Republican National Committee and the Oregon Republican State Central Committee and to work for the election of the Republican party nominees.