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With the number of women shooters on the rise, the NRA is dedicated to providing programs and resources to female gun enthusiasts. Through our women’s programs, you have the opportunity to receive firearms training by certified instructors, get involved in clubs and competitions, and receive awards and scholarships, and much more. Whether you are brand new to firearms or have been shooting for years, the NRA has opportunities for you to share in your passion for the outdoors and shooting sports with like-minded women.

23% Of Women Own Guns

Based on a Gallup poll of self-reported gun owners in 2011, 23% of women say they owned a gun compared to 13% in 2005

3.35 Million Female Gun Owners

The National Sporting Goods Association recorded a 43.5% increase in female hunters from 2003 to 2013

Increasing Segment In Gear Marketplace

In outdoor stores and hunting catalogs, approximately 30% of the gear is now made by women

NRA Membership For Women

Your membership is extremely important to the NRA and is highly valued. In fact, it is one of the most important aspects of today's NRA. Women come to the NRA from all walks of life, with a variety of interests and backgrounds, and serve as members, lobbyists, club officers, board members, committee members, instructors, competitors, hunters, shooters, volunteers, patriots and NRA presidents. It would be an honor and our pleasure to have you join us as a member of the National Rifle Association.

NRA Women's Network

The NRA Women's Network is designed for female gun enthusiasts. It's a go-to, growing resource for news, education, events and more. And we're telling more stories of empowered women like you. Come explore, connect, and unite — with the women of NRA.

Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics

Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics create more opportunities for women to learn all about firearms, and to gain confidence in newly-acquired shooting skills. You'll learn safe firearms handling, how to store your firearms safely, shooting skills, and a sport you'll enjoy for a lifetime!

Refuse To Be A Victim®

In 1993, the NRA responded to requests nationwide for crime prevention seminars by developing the Refuse To Be A Victim® program. The widely-supported program provides personal safety tips and techniques to help men and women of all ages avoid dangerous situations and becoming a victim.

Women's Wilderness Escape

The NRA Women's Wilderness Escape provides women 18 and older with an eight-day getaway opportunity to experience the softer side of firearm education with exposure to a wide variety of shooting sports activities and an array of enticing hunting and outdoor related activities.

Women's Programs Endowment

The NRA Foundation's Women's Programs Endowment began in November 1992. An endowment is a unique contribution fund where the donated funds are never spent. The money is invested, and NRA Women’s Programs are supported by the earnings and interest captured from the investment. All gifts made to the Women's Programs Endowment are tax-deductible contributions that support NRA Women’s Programs.

Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship

Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion, and NRA Director, this program offers college scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester (up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years) to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership.

Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award

Ms. Marion P. Hammer has influenced many in her fight to preserve Second Amendment freedoms. From her role as lobbyist in the passage of Florida's Right-to-Carry legislation, to her grassroots efforts in educating youth about firearm safety, ownership and responsibility, Ms. Hammer exemplifies activism. To honor her pioneering spirit, the National Rifle Association bestows the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award in her name.

Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award

On the night of April 26, 1777, a wounded messenger barely reached the home of New York militia officer Henry Ludington with desperate news of a British attack on nearby Danbury, Connecticut. Colonel Ludington turned to his 16-year-old daughter, Sybil for help. While he organized the local militia, Sybil mounted her horse and galloped through the night to rally troops in the surrounding countryside. Now to honor her accomplishment and the accomplishments of modern heroines, the NRA bestows the prestigious Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award in her name.

Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship

The NRA Women's Policies Committee has established the Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship, to be administered by The NRA Foundation. This women's scholarship, is a renewable, one-year, $5,000 scholarship available to full-time college juniors or seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, majoring in wildlife management/conservation.

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