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.

“Does Iowa Need a Gun Rights Amendment?”
Panel discussion
Oct. 5 @ 6 p.m.
Sun Room, Memorial Union

“A Conversation About The 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah-Jones”
2022 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science
Nov. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Stephens Auditorium

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