Events

The Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics brings nationally renowned political leaders, scholars and activists to Iowa State University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process.


Each year, the Women Impacting ISU calendar recognizes twelve current students, faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves through their service and accomplishments at Iowa State University.


Ready to Run® Iowa is a nonpartisan campaign training program designed to recruit and train women in Iowa to run for elective office, prepare for appointive office, or become involved in public life as leaders in their communities.

Upcoming events

Spring 2021 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics
Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif. – “Truth to Power”
Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Virtual event; no registration required.

2021 Ready to Run Iowa
Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30
Virtual event; registration required.

“Post-Election and Post-Impeachment: What’s Next?”
March 3 at 7 p.m.
Panel discussion featuring Zach Bonner, Dirk Deam and Julie Roosa, and moderated by Kelly Winfrey
Virtual event; no registration required.