About the Archives

The Archives of Women's Political Communication was launched in 2007 by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. The goal of the archives is to preserve women’s political discourse and promote lifelong learning of women in political leadership throughout the world.

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. An internal review board helps oversee and review the collection of speeches.

Speeches and ads are continually being gathered by our staff and added to the archives. Please feel free to contact us at cattcntr@iastate.edu 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 of Muscatine, Iowa.

Archives staff

  • Karen Kedrowski - director, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, and professor, Department of Political Science
  • Carrie Ann Johnson – interim coordinator of research and outreach, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
  • Sue Cloud – communications specialist, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics

Archives internal review board

  • Lesley Bartlett – assistant professor, Department of English
  • Amy Bishop – rare books and manuscripts archivist, Iowa State University Library
  • Susan Harper – director, Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
  • Carrie Ann Johnson
  • Amy Rutenberg – associate professor, Department of History
  • Will Walker – graduate student, Department of Community and Regional Planning
  • Kelly Winfrey – associate professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and interim director, Women's and Gender Studies Program

The political affiliations of the women included in the Archives of Women's Political Communication 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.