This month marks the 25th anniversary of Iowa State University's
Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, which was established to interest, educate, and engage citizens in the political process.
Although women have become more involved in in the political process over the years, women remain underrepresented in every level of politics across the nation.
Beyond encouraging women to run for office, the center offers a range of educational, developmental, and outreach opportunities for anyone interested in politics, public service, and women's issues.
In recognition of 25 years, the Catt Center recently announced 25 Legacy of Heroines scholarship recipients for the academic year. Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding students who seek involvement in and knowledge about the political process and public service. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and leadership experience as well as specific criteria determined by donors. Legacy of Heroines scholars are offered a variety of opportunities including trips to the Iowa Capitol, dinners with guest speakers, campus activities, workshops, mentoring, and leadership development programs.
In carrying out its mission, the Catt Center works with faculty, staff, students, leaders in the public and private sectors, and political and women's organizations throughout the state and nation.
As a way to honor the nearly 4,000 women and organizations who have made an impact on individuals, families, communities, and society, a mosaic of engraved bricks and granite pavers forms the Plaza of Heroines located at the entryway to Catt Hall on central campus. The plaza's website lists each honoree and nominator, and many profiles include a narrative from the donor explaining why the heroine was honored.
bricks and pavers are installed each year
with the next installation taking place in mid-October.