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Women's Council of Realtors®
Category - Professional Development - Realtor® Associations

The Women's Council of REALTORS® (WCR) began in the 1930s, when the National Association of Real Estate Boards (the predecessor of NAR) witnessed a growth of women working in real estate.

A Women's Division had already been created in 1924 by the California Real Estate Association. Fourteen years later, 1938 National President Joseph Catherine encouraged the formation of a national Women’s Council after being impressed by the California group.

At the time, NAR was already 30 years old, but most decisions were still made by local boards—most of which were resistant to offering membership to women. However, the National Association was ready to recognize women in real estate, and a positive vote resulted in the formation of a women's division at the Annual Convention in Milwaukee in November 1938.

Today Women's Council is a nationwide community of 19,000 real estate professionals who include many of the best and brightest in the business. The backbone of WCR is its network of more than 300 local and state chapters with volunteer managers trained to position their groups as a business resource in their REALTOR® communities.1


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