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.
- Charlotte B. Nelson
- Charlotte Bowers Nelson has elevated the status of women and girls in Iowa through her leadership and advocacy for justice and equality for everyone. She has served as a YWCA teenage program director, an office manager of the League of Women Voters of Iowa, and state director of the League of Women Voters of the United States "Sex Equity in Vocational Education" project. Nelson also coordinated the first women’s studies course at Drake University. For 22 years, she served as the governor-appointed executive director of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. From reforming Iowa’s welfare system to establishing... More