Of note: news about center faculty, staff, students and alumni

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is pleased to recognize the accomplishments and activities of its alumni, faculty, staff and students:

Crystal Bradenburgh, a junior in history and an Archives intern at the Catt Center, gave a presentation entitled “Hillary Clinton in Beijing: Feminism and the First Lady” at the 53rd annual Northern Great Plains History Conference in Mankato, Minnesota, on Sept. 20.

Dianne Bystrom, Catt Center director emerita, presented “Why Women’s Leadership Matters“ at “Think CREW First,” the 100th member celebration of Commercial Real Estate Women Iowa on Oct. 25 at Jasper Winery in Des Moines. The mission of CREW Iowa is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry in Iowa and other markets by advancing the achievements of Iowa women commercial real estate professionals. CREW Iowa advances the careers of Iowa women in commercial real estate through exemplary leadership, engagement, education and empowerment.

Karen Garner, 2002 recipient of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics and historical studies professor at Suny Empire State College, published a book, "Women and Gender in International History: Theory and Practice" this summer. Her book details the influential roles and the power held by women from the early 20th century through the present.

Aja Holmes, senior associate director for housing and residential life at California State University, Sacramento and former graduate assistant with the Catt Center, was recognized as a member of the American College Personnel Association Foundation's Diamond Honoree Class of 2019. Diamond Honorees are “championed” by individuals who recognize their outstanding contributions and raise funds in their honor to help sustain the research, scholarship and programs of the ACPA Foundation.

Five-term former Iowa state representative Sue B. Mullins, whose district included portions of Kossuth, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties, volunteered with Democrat Jared Polis' successful gubernatorial campaign in Colorado. Mullins, who served as a Republican, urges women to focus on policies, not party, as they wield their political power.

Kelly Winfrey, interim director of the Catt Center, presented at the National Communication Association’s annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 11. Her study, “Playing with Gender Stereotypes,” examined the self-presentation styles of Republican women candidates in 2018 primary election advertising.