Welcome to the Archives of Women's Political Communication

The Archives of Women's Political Communication is an online archives launched in 2006 by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University devoted entirely to women's political speech. The archives houses the speeches and campaign advertising of U.S. women senators and representatives, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, governors and lieutenant governors, and first and second ladies; international women leaders; and recipients of the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics at Iowa State University. It also features the speeches of historically significant women, social activists and women who have used their position of celebrity to advocate for political causes.

Speeches and ads are continually being gathered by our staff and added to the archives. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions for additions to our collection.

The archives is made possible through a generous gift from the late Richard and Mary Jo Stanley.

The archives is designed to serve as a resource for faculty teaching courses and conducting research in a variety of fields and for students and members of the public interested in women's political communication. The political affiliations of the women included in the archives or sentiments expressed in the speeches and ads do not necessarily represent the views of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics or Iowa State University, and their inclusion in the archives should not be considered an endorsement by the center or the university.

"Progress is calling to you to make no pause. Act!"
Carrie Chapman Catt (August 26, 1920)