Women are being elected to public office in increasing numbers. However, their voices remain largely underrepresented in collections and archives of political communication. For this reason, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University has created an online archives devoted entirely to women's political speech.
The Archives of Women's Political Communication houses speeches of U.S. women senators and representatives, governors and lieutenant governors, U.S. cabinet members, U.S. Supreme Court justices, and first ladies; international women leaders, presidents and prime ministers; and historically significant women leaders and activists.
Speeches are continually being gathered by our staff. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions for additions to our collection. Continue to check back regularly as we are constantly updating this site.
The archives is made possible through a generous gift from Richard and Mary Jo Stanley of Muscatine, IA.
- Maxine Waters
- Maxine Waters assumed office in the United States House of Representatives in January 1991. Waters represented the 29th District from 1991 to 1993 and the 35th District from 1993 to 2013. She has represented the 43rd District since 2013. Waters was born August 15, 1938, in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, in Los Angeles, California, in 1970. Prior to serving in Congress, Waters worked as a teacher, served as the head start volunteer coordinator, and from 1972–1988, worked as a delegate for the Democratic National Conventions. Waters is also the co-founder... More