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.
- Mary Church Terrell
- Mary Church Terrell (September 23, 1863–July 24, 1954) was the daughter of the South's first African American millionaire and could have chosen to lead a life as a lady of great privilege, as her father urged. Terrell took a different course, and upon graduating from Oberlin College in 1884, became an educator. She retired from her Washington, D.C., teaching post upon marrying Robert Terrell in 1891. She soon utilized her talents to "enfranchise her sex" and "emancipate her race." In 1896, she helped to co-found the National Association of Colored Women and became its first president. By the early 1900s,... More