Carrie Chapman Catt Award

Each year, the Carrie Chapman Catt Award is bestowed on a long-time member of the League who has made significant contributions to the community outside of their profession. The recipient may not hold a party-affiliated elected office at the time of the award.

Who was Carrie Chapman Catt?

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Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt, probably the most famous Iowan associated with the women's suffrage movement, was born in 1859 in Wisconsin and grew up near Charles City, Iowa. A feminist from her earliest school days, Catt was responsible for creating a women's physical education program at Iowa State Agricultural College (now ISU), where she graduated in 1880. Though she did not become fully involved in the women's movement until 1885, in 1900 she succeeded Susan B. Anthony as president of the National Woman Suffrage Association. In 1919, she helped found the National League of Women Voters. After Catt left Iowa, she continued to help women in their unsuccessful struggle to amend the Iowa Constitution to allow women to vote, long before the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, seeing through her efforts until finally the 19th amendment was ratified. Catt died in 1947.

2019 Carrie Chapman Catt Award Recipient

Carolyn Klaus

Carolyn Klaus

Since 2012 Carolyn Klaus has led the League’s voter registration activities and expanded them throughout Story County. Last fall the League registered over 300 ISU students on campus in one day. The Story County Auditor has credited these efforts with helping increase the number of students voting. Carolyn has also presented information about voting in the high schools in Story County. In 2017 Carolyn agreed to serve as treasurer of the LWV of Ames and Story County while continuing her voter registration efforts.
In addition to her work with the League, Carolyn has served in leadership positions in several community endeavors - the Ames Foundation, Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, Ames International Partner Cities Association, and others. She also helps organize an annual MLK Day Bridge Benefit.

Carrie Chapman Catt Award Winners, 1993 to the present

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