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.
- Pratibha D. Patil
- Pratibha Patil served as president of India from 2007 to 2012, the first woman to hold this office. Prior to her election as president, Patil served as the governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007, the first woman to hold this office as well. Patil was born on December 19, 1934, in Nadgaon village of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. She received her early education from RR Vidyalaya, Jalgaon and earned her master’s degree in political science and economics from the Mooljee Jetha College, Jalgaon. Later, she obtained the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Government Law College, Bombay (Mumbai). Patil... More