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.
- Gro Brundtland
- For more than 20 years, Gro Harlem Brundtland held public office in Norway, ten of which were served as prime minister. She was the first woman to hold the office of prime minister of Norway and also the youngest person to do so. Brundtland was born in Oslo, Norway, on April 20, 1939. At the age of 7, she enrolled as a member of the Norwegian Labour Movement in its children's section and has been a member ever since, leading the Labour Party to election victory three times. When Brundtland was ten years old, her family moved to the United... More