On Nov. 15, 2022, the Clinton Presidential Center hosted a special conversation as part of the Clinton Presidential Presents series with Lindsley Armstrong Smith and Stephen A. Smith, authors of “Stateswomen: A Centennial History of Arkansas Women Legislators, 1922-2022”. “Stateswomen” celebrates the centennial of women serving as members of the Arkansas General Assembly. The book features concise and carefully researched biographies of all 146 Arkansas women legislators, situating their political activity and public service within the historical and ongoing expansion of the role of women in the public sphere. Dr. Jay Barth, director of the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, moderated the conversation. A book signing followed the discussion, with all copies of “Stateswomen” selling out.
Clinton Presidential Center Presents is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and Clinton Presidential Library.
LINDSLEY ARMSTRONG SMITH earned a J.D. from the University of Arkansas, clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and served as Research Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas, where she taught courses in legal and political communication. She was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, 2005–2010. Her research has appeared in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Communication Law Review, American Communication Journal, Free Speech Yearbook, The Encyclopedia of American Law, Journal of Communication Studies, and The Speech Teacher.
STEPHEN A. SMITH holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and is Emeritus Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, 1971-1974; Vice President of the Arkansas Constitutional Convention; Chief of Staff to the Arkansas Attorney General; and Executive Assistant to Governor Bill Clinton. His publications include nine books and more than 60 book chapters and journal articles.