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.

The Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science, a lecture series through the Department of Political Science, brings to campus prominent practitioners and scholars to address the ISU community on issues of significance to the United States and to Iowa.

Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to the public. No registration required unless otherwise noted.

2023 Women Impacting ISU Calendar Reception
Jan. 24, 2023
Reception begins at 3:30 p.m. and program begins at 4 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union
Livestream of program:

Professional Development Workshop for Educators on the Equal Rights Amendment
Feb. 18, 2023
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Memorial Union, Iowa State University
Lunch provided
Registration (FREE) required by Feb. 3:

“37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination”
Sherry Boschert
2023 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics
Feb. 7, 2023
7 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union