RMC Remembers Founder and Friend, Elsie Hillman, 1925-2015

Republican Majority for Choice joins our members and friends across the country in mourning the loss of our dear friend and RMC Board member Elsie Hillman. Philanthropist and political activist, Elsie devoted her life to others. From her early years as a volunteer with HIV/AIDS patients in Pittsburgh to her time as the Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania state GOP and a member of the Republican National Committee, her influence was felt in her community and across the nation.  

In 1989, Elsie Hillman was a founding member of Republican Majority for Choice (formerly Republican Pro-Choice Coalition). Over the course of her life she supported numerous mainstream Republican leaders and in 1975 she was elected by her peers to the position of Republican national committeewoman, a position she would hold for 21 years. Throughout her life she took on causes she cared about and never shied away from controversy or hard work.  From her work in the 1970s to advance the Equal Rights Amendment, to her life-long pro-choice activism, she championed many social causes and fought to grow and support the political participation of women.  Elsie was also an influential player in national Republican politics, often fondly referred to as a “kingmaker.” 

Elsie passed away on August 4th, 2015.  She is best remembered in her own words, “It is possible to see something good and to work for it and even dare to achieve it. Don’t be a spectator. You are needed in every corner of the community.” 

RMC extends our condolences to her family, and take this time to remember a devoted friend and a great pro-choice ally. A community memorial service to celebrate her life is being planned for Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh.

Read Mrs. Hillman’s obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here, and a statement from the Hillman family here

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