Catt Center for Women and Politics 2008
Catt Center for Women & Politics
The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics—which has influenced thousands since its founding in 1992 through programs focusing on leadership and public service—had a significant impact in the Iowa Caucus year of 2007.
In June, the Center encouraged more Iowa women to run for political office through its bipartisan “Ready to Run” campaign school. In October, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to 1,500 as the 16th woman leader to visit Iowa State as the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. In November, the Center offered a workshop to help citizens prepare for the January 2008 Iowa Caucus. With the media’s attention on Iowa, Center director Dianne Bystrom was quoted in more than 300 newspaper and Internet articles and television and radio broadcasts.
In 2007, the Center also publicly launched a Web-based Archives of Women’s Political Communication; distributed thousands of “Women Impacting ISU” calendars; and spearheaded the approval of a new interdisciplinary certificate program in community leadership and public service.
In addition to Bystrom, director of the Catt Center since 1996, staff members are Julie Snyder-Yuly ’03, a 10-year employee now serving as assistant director; Chris Fowler, student program coordinator; and Robin Gogerty, administrative assistant. The Catt Center is a member of the Order of the Knoll.