In the early 1930's, the National Association of Real Estate Boards (the predecessor of NAR) witnessed a growth of women working in real estate and an increased participation of women at national conventions.
A Women's Division had been created in California in 1924 and, after being impressed by the California group, National President Joseph Catherine encouraged the formation of a national Women's Council in 1938.
There were 37 women representing nine different states at the first Women's Council meeting in Milwaukee in November of 1938. WCR grew as women realized the immense benefits of a real estate career combined with a Women's Council membership, including flexible work schedules and a support system of women in the same field - creating networking capabilities and referrals.
Today, Women's Council is a nationwide community of 12,000 real estate professionals and is the 12th largest women's professional organization in the United States.