About the Archives

Carrie Chapman Catt Center

To preserve and promote women's political rhetoric, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University has developed an online archives of women's political communication.

The Archives of Women's Political Communication consists of a website developed to guide scholars to contemporary and historical speeches of women political leaders. The collection includes speeches by Carrie Chapman Catt from the extensive collection at the Iowa State University Library as well as other women political leaders from the United States and throughout the world.

Speeches are continually gathered from women political leaders as well as other archives. An internal review board of scholars in communication, political science, journalism, history, sociology, women's studies and archives helps oversee and review the collection of speeches.

The archives is designed to serve as a resource for faculty teaching courses and conducting research in political science, speech communication, journalism, women's studies, sociology, history and other fields. It also serves as a resource for students and members of the public interested in women's political communication. The goal of this project is to promote lifelong learning of women in political leadership throughout the world to all who access this collection.

The Archives of Women's Political Communication is made possible through a generous gift from Richard and Mary Jo Stanley of Muscatine, Iowa, to develop a significant research collection focusing on women's political leadership in the United States and throughout the world. This gift has allowed the center to purchase the equipment and services needed to create and update the archives as well as financial support to employ students to research and collect speeches. Richard Stanley, who earned bachelor's degrees in both mechanical engineering and electrical engineering from Iowa State University, is chair emeritus and past president of The Stanley Group, Iowa's largest engineering firm, and chair and past president of The Stanley Foundation, a private organization that works toward securing peace with freedom and justice by encouraging study, research and discussion of international issues. Mary Jo Stanley also graduated from Iowa State, earning a bachelor's degree in home economics. She is a director emerita of The Stanley Foundation. The Stanleys are longtime supporters of Iowa State University and the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.