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Charlotte Bailey papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1220

Scope and Contents

The Charlotte Bailey papers date from 2016 to 2020 and measure .025 linear inches housed in SCVF. The collection is made up of 2019 and 2020 articles from the Des Moines Register featuring women’s wrestling in Iowa and the 2016 book Wrestle Like a Girl by Craig Sesker and Jamie Moffatt.


  • Creation: 2016 - 2020

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor. However, copyright status for some collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge the Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, as the source of the material. For further information, visit

Biographical / Historical

Charlotte Bailey had advanced women’s wrestling in Iowa for the past 14 years. Previously a youth wrestling and gymnastics coach, Bailey founded Iowa’s only stand-alone women and girls wrestling tournament and practice center, Female Elite Wrestling (FEW), in 2012. Since 2015, Bailey has organized the USA Wrestling charted club FEW with success, producing national champions and winning team championships. Bailey became the woman’s director at Iowa USA Wrestling in 2015. There, she has worked to increase opportunities for female wrestlers to complete at the highest stages, encouraging wrestlers and the sport to become better and stronger.

Turning her attention to high school athletics, Bailey was key to the sanctioning of Iowa high school female wrestling. She achieved a breakthrough in 2018 when nineteen girls competed in the junior varsity tournament for Independence and Ogden high schools. By 2019, the total had grown to 87 high school female wrestlers. Just a year later in the 2020-2021 wrestling season, the number had more than quadrupled to 696 girls.

Charlotte Bailey has a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. She currently works and lives in Iowa City where she continues to be an advocate for women’s wrestling in Iowa.


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Founder of Female Elite Wrestling (FEW) and advocate for women’s wrestling in Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1606) were donated by Charlotte Bailey in 2019 and subsequent years.

Charlotte Bailey papers
Emma Barton-Norris, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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