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 RunĀ® Iowa is a non-partisan 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

The Power of Women in Politics

March 1, 2018

7 p.m.

Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, Ames Public Library

Kelly Winfrey, Iowa State assistant professor with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and faculty with the Leadership Studies Program with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, will discuss the psychological and sociological reasons for the gender gap in American Politics. This event is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the AAUW Ames, the Ames Public Library, the Catt Center, and the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County.

WE Lead: Women's Empowerment and Leadership Conference

Nov. 3, 2018