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.
- Maria Cantwell
- Maria Cantwell assumed office as a Washington United States Senator in January 2001. Cantwell was born October 13, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Emmerich Manual High School and was inducted into the Indiana Public School Hall of Fame in 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in public administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After college, Cantwell moved to Seattle, Washington, to assist in Alan Cranston’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1984. In 1993, Cantwell became the first Democrat to be elected to the United States House of Representatives from Washington’s 1st Congressional District. As a representative, she helped... More