The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition fosters inquiry in feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition. As a network of diverse teachers and scholars, the Coalition promotes intersectionality, collaboration, and communication in the following areas:

    • the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy across histories, locales, identities, materialities, and media;
    • the education and mentoring of feminist faculty and graduate students in scholarship, research methods, praxis, and the politics of the profession.

The Coalition cultivates a dynamic, intellectually challenging, and professionally nurturing community. We welcome and sustain all who do feminist work, inclusive of all genders, sexualities, races, classes, nationalities, religions, abilities, and other identities, in their research and classrooms.

Coalition members…

  • attend the biennial Feminism and Rhetorics Conference
  • publish in Peitho, our peer-reviewed journal
  • receive mentoring through one of our mentoring venues,
  • serve on the Coalition’s Advisory and Executive Boards
  • forward our mission through work on one of our task forces
  • receive awards and scholarships pertaining to their work in feminist rhetoric or the history of rhetoric and composition
Image description: a drawing by Pilar Emitxin. A young woman leans forward, laughing or shouting gleefully. She has pink flowers on top of her long red hair, she wears a green bandana for a top, and wears a bright purple choker necklace. The background is black, and bright pink text reads: “EL FEMINISMO VA A VENCER” (“Feminism is going to win”).

Peitho is the peer-reviewed journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

Published quarterly, Peitho seeks to encourage, advance, and publish original research in the history of rhetoric and composition.

We invite article-length submissions on a wide range of topics related to feminist theories and gendered practices.

We also invite shorter submissions for “Recoveries and Reconsiderations,” an annual forum for sharing innovative perspectives on existing feminist work, as well an incubator for new feminist research projects.

Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference

The CFSHRC co-hosts a biennial meeting dedicated to defining and demonstrating excellent research at intersections of feminisms and rhetorics—historical, theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical.

FemRhet 2023 & FemRhet 2025

Dr. Michelle Bachelor Robinson and her colleagues at Spelman College hosted an amazing conference in October 2023. The conference theme was “Feminisms and Reckonings: Interrogating Histories and Harms, Implementing Restorative Practices.”

The Coalition is also excited to announce the site for the 2025 conference: The University of New Hampshire! Dr. Cristy Beemer is heading the host committee for this event. The CFP is available on the Feminisms and Rhetorics tab of this site.

The Coalition’s Conference Standing Committee, which will review site proposals for 2027 and 2029, support conference site hosts in their efforts to host conferences that are antiracist and inclusive, affordable, accessible, and transparent in their conference planning. Those interested in hosting the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference should look for a CFP in late 2024/early 2025.

The current members of the Conference Committee are  Cirillo-McCarthy (chair), Holly Anderson, Moushumi Biswas, Cristy Beemer, Rhea Lathan, and Patrick Thomas. Please be in touch with Coalition President, Becca Richards ( regarding opportunities, questions, or concerns.


Here we will provide resources for a wide variety of issues that impact Coalition members and supporters. Check back regularly for updates!