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.

Oct. 4, 2021
Divided We Stand
Hard Won, Not Done 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Statewide Closing Event
Marjorie Spruill, author and emeritus professor of history at the University of South Carolina
7 p.m.
Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building

Oct. 12-13, 2021
Iowa State Conference on Civility and Deliberative Democracy
Oct. 12: Energy Democracy – Driving Clean Energy Through Local Action
Jon Carson, founder and managing partner of Trajectory Energy Partners
7 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Oct. 13: Deliberative Democracy Workshop
In moderated small groups, participants will discuss U.S. energy choices and practice civic skills of long-form deliberative democracy. Registration (free) is required:
6-8 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

Oct. 28, 2021
Trumpism and the Republican Party: What’s Next?
2021 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science
Michael Steele, attorney, political commentator and former legislator
8 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union