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.
- Jennifer M. Granholm
- Jennifer Granholm, the first female governor of Michigan, served as governor from 2003 to 2011. Granholm was also Michigan’s first female attorney general, serving from 1999 to 2003. Granholm was born February 5, 1959, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her family moved to California, where she graduated from San Carlos High School. After high school, she went on to graduate with honors from the University of California-Berkeley in 1984 with bachelor of arts degree in political science and French. She then graduated with honors from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctorate. Prior to taking oath as governor, Granholm served... More