CFSHRC Statement on the Overturning of Roe vs. Wade

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC) dissents with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn and end federal abortion rights as represented in Roe v. Wade. This decision clearly challenges the human right to have autonomy over our bodies and our reproduction. It also critically and disproportionately impacts already marginalized communities, as the Guttmacher Institute notes, which includes “Black and Brown communities, other people of color, people with low incomes, young people, LGBTQ communities, immigrants and people with disabilities.” We know too this decision was made in the midst of threats—made and anticipated—to a wide range of human rights in the United States. It aggravates our concerns for justice in this country and will result in injurious material and intangible consequences for many people. 

As the national context of anti-abortion laws continue to evolve and transform, we urge members—who need abortion care or who want to help—to engage local, expert organizations that are best equipped to support those who are directly impacted by this regressive decision. While, as a non-profit organization, we cannot endorse specific candidates or political officials, as feminist scholars and teachers, versed in the power dynamics of listening and speaking, we stand at the ready to support local activists, organizations, and health care professionals who are leading intersectional, anti-racist, trans* inclusive, community-based actions that are disability and trauma informed. 

Moreover, the Coalition recognizes that the Supreme Court’s decision joins a much longer history of reproductive injustice that has been named, theorized, and actively resisted by reproductive justice thought leaders, quite a few of whom are Coalition members. Much of this activism has been led by multiply marginalized people whose concerns include and exceed the right to an abortion. No doubt this moment is painful after many years of diligent and ongoing efforts to create a more just world. Please know the CFSHRC recognizes, supports, and appreciates your powerful and necessary interventions. 

This statement is not comprehensive or perfect; there is clearly more to say. While we knew this decision was likely coming, we recognize a range of emotions that we and others experience in response to this ruling. We hope that amid these responses, we find resolve to continue to act coalitionally and to use our knowledge and skills to speak up and out publicly and through our research and teaching. We list below a few resources that might offer insight, direction, and hope during this troubling time. As an organization of feminsit rhetoricians, we’ll continue to explore options to address this moment and map a path forward. We invite and welcome your ideas.


Additional Resources:

Adams, Heather Brook. “Goodbye, ‘Post-Pill Paradise’: Texturing Feminist Public Memories of Women’s Reproductive and Rhetorical Agency.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 105 (4), 2019: 390-417. 

DiCaglio, Sara and Lori Beth De Hertogh, eds. Special Issue: “Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacies.” Peitho, 21(3), 2019. 

Murillo, Lina-Maria, and Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz. “Rulings Ensure Further Cruelty From Restricting Abortion Care.” DesMoines Register. 24 June 2022.

Roberts, Dorothy. “Reproductive Justice, Not Just Rights.Dissent, 2015. 

“Supreme Court Overturns Roe, Upends 50 years of Abortion Rights: 5 essential Reads on What Happens Next.” The Conversation. 2022.

Yam, Shui-yin Sharon. “Beyond Choice: Why We Need Reproductive Justice.” Against the Current. 2022

Much appreciation goes to the CFSHRC Executive Board and to reproductive justice experts Shui-yin Sharon Yam and Heather Brook Adams for their guidance and labor in crafting this statement.


Virtual Mentoring Sessions-Summer Listings and Registration

Greetings, Colleagues!

As you may know, the pandemic prevented the Coalition from hosting our traditional “mentoring tables” at CCCC again this year. We are pleased to bring you a series of “Virtual Mentoring Sessions” in their place this summer. Here is a listing of our sessions and additional details and registration for our first session.

  •  Feminist and Queer Pedagogies, Wed., July 6, 2pm ET/1pm CT
    • Christina Cedillo, (she/they) Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Houston–Clear Lake
    • Abby Knoblauch, (she/her) Associate Professor of English, Kansas State University
    • Timothy Oleksiak, (he/him) Assistant Professor of English, UMass Boston
  • Writing and Publishing Your Book, Wed, July 13, 12pm ET/11am CT
    • Cheryl Glenn, (she/her) Professor of English, Penn State University
    • Jennifer LeMesurier, (she/her) Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Colgate University
  • Parenting and Academia, Wed., July 20th, TBA
    • Ruth Osorio, (she/her) Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Old Dominion University
  • Preparing for the Academic Job Market, Tues., Aug. 2nd, 2pm ET/1pm CT
    • Jo Hsu, (they/them), Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin
    • McKinley Green, (he/him), Assistant Professor of English, George Mason University


Please join us for the first session in the series:

Feminist and Queer Pedagogies 

Wednesday, JULY 6 @ 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Featuring: Dr. Christina Cedillo, University of Houston-Clear Lake; Dr. Abby Knoblauch, Kansas State University, and Dr. Timothy Oleksiak, UMass Boston

This virtual mentoring session offers an opportunity to ask questions and share suggestions for strengthening our commitment to and practice of feminist and queer pedagogies.

In keeping with the interactive tradition of the mentoring tables, we request that attendees come with questions to raise for the table.

For security purposes, registration is required. Register here:

Hope to see you on July 6th and for the rest of the sessions this summer!


Jess Enoch, President, and

Becca Richards, Vice President 


Call for Proposals: Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition/ Conference on College Composition and Communication Event 2023

Conference Panel Title: Emerging Feminist Scholars: Listening and Learning from Graduate Student Researchers

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition invites proposals for the keynote panel event at their Wednesday evening meeting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2023. This panel will showcase emerging scholars and their new work, specially featuring feminist researchers at the prospectus or dissertation stage who are conducting cutting-edge research in our discipline.

Successful proposals will take up intersectional feminist concerns, as this panel will highlight rhetorical scholarship that explores the multiple and interacting systems of power that both marginalize and privilege. More particularly, selected panelists will engage questions of gendered expression and experience while investigating those systems of power that complicate such gendered expressions and experiences. Borrowing from Brittany Cooper, ​we invite ​intersectional work that “challenges the ever-shifting machinations of systems that seek to re-instantiate and reinscribe dominance.”

A committee of four Coalition members will review submissions based on innovativeness of feminist rhetorical research and engagement with intersectional feminism. Four presenters will be selected, and they will give 10-12-minute keynote presentations followed by Q&A. Presenters will also be invited to workshop their presentations prior to CCCC 2023.

Submission Criteria:

  • Submit a 250-word presentation abstract that includes how this presentation builds from the dissertation project along with a c.v.
  • Send submissions to Jess Enoch at;
    • Title your email: CFSHRC CCCC 2023 Panel Submission: [LAST NAME]
  • Submit proposals by July 15, 2022



CFP: Topic Proposals for Peitho Special Issues

The Peitho editorial team invites those interested in serving as guest editors to send topic proposals for special issues of Peitho. Traditionally, these are our summer issues, so guest editors must be available to help finish the issue during the summer. This editorial team’s term goes through Summer 2025, and we are looking for special issue topics for Summer 2023, 2024, and 2025. The Peitho editorial team and editorial board will review topic proposals and make an initial decision for Summer 2023, with rounds of decisions for 2024 and 2025 soon following. Proposals not selected for Summer 2023 will automatically be considered for Summer 2024 or for a Cluster Conversation section in an issue unless prospective guest editors request otherwise.

We invite topic proposals on a wide range of topics related to feminist theories and gendered practices, including but not limited to:

  • archival scholarship
  • digital interventions
  • emerging pedagogies
  • feminist methodologies
  • global rhetorics
  • historical research
  • Indigenous studies
  • institutional critiques
  • issues of embodiment
  • LGBTQ+ studies
  • minoritized rhetorics
  • rhetorical theory

Special issues can include traditional scholarly articles as well as other kinds of projects, such as video content (with captions), Recoveries and Reconsiderations pieces, cluster conversations, manifestos, and book reviews. Guest editors are expected to adhere to the practices expressed in the Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices: A Heuristic for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors statement.


Examples of past special issues of Peitho

Fall/Winter 2014, “The Critical Place of the Networked Archive”

Fall/Winter 2015, “Looking Forward: The Next 25 Years of Feminist Scholarship in Rhetoric and

Composition” (25th anniversary of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition)

Summer 2019, “Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy”

Summer 2020, “Transgender Rhetorics”

Summer 2021, “On Race, Feminism, and Rhetoric”


Topic proposals for special issues should include the following:

An editorial board-facing description (1000-1500 words) of the idea for the special issue, along with an explanation of why the guest editors (you) are interested in the topic. What needs will this special issue meet — in research, teaching, academia, and/or community work? Have other journals had special issues on this topic? Have scholarly presses published edited collections on this topic? If so, how would this special issue build on the previous work? This description should include a brief review of the previous scholarship on the topic and a bibliography. 

A public-facing call for article proposals (500-750 words): this can use some of the same language as the description for the editorial board, but it should also include a timeline and criteria for review of proposals and brief explanation of the review process. Invited submissions are acceptable if there is transparency about these decisions, so invited submissions need to be addressed in the public-facing call for proposals if guest editors plan to invite submissions, such as for a cluster conversation. Book reviews and Recoveries and Reconsiderations pieces should be addressed in the public-facing CFP as well, if those are planned as part of the special issue.

CVs from the guest editors. If this is a collaboration, please provide a brief note about previous collaborative projects and/or how and why you decided to form a partnership together for this proposal. 

The editorial board and editorial team will review topic proposals using the following criteria from our reviewer guidelines:

  • Timeliness of or need for research on the topic (new or little-known material? New understanding of known material?)
  • Engagement with current scholarship in rhetoric and feminist studies
  • Commitment to methods and practices of feminist scholarship

Topic Proposals for Summer 2023 Special Issue Due: May 15, 2022

Decision from Editorial Team: June 1, 2022


CFSHRC 2022 Volunteer Survey

Today, April 15th, marks the end of my term as President of the Coalition. The CFSHRC has accomplished a lot in the past 2 years, in spite of a global pandemic that prevented us from meeting in person. I cannot thank everyone who contributed to our many initiatives and events enough!! I am very excited to see where our new Advisory Board and Executive Board, headed by President Jessica Enoch, will take us next.

As we move forward, I hope all Coalition members and supporters will continue generously offering their time, effort, and brilliance to existing and emerging Coalition initiatives. To this end, I ask that you take a few moments to complete the 2022 CFSHRC Volunteer Survey ( We have many possibilities—of varying types and time commitments—available for you to engage with our work, and we *need* your support to make that work happen!

Please complete the survey by no later than Wednesday, May 4th.

With much gratitude,

Wendy Sharer,  Immediate Past President

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference Hosts for 2023 and 2025

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric is thrilled to announce that Spelman College will be the site for the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference! Dr. Michelle Bachelor Robinson and her colleagues at Spelman will host what will surely be an amazing event. The conference theme is “Feminisms and Reckonings: Interrogating Histories and Harms, Implementing Restorative Practices.” The conference will be held in Fall 2023; please keep an eye out for the Call for Proposals!

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. More details will be circulated close to the event.

The Coalition’s Conference Standing Committee, which reviewed site proposals, will support both Dr. Robinson and Dr. Beemer in their efforts to host conferences that are antiracist and inclusive, affordable, accessible, and transparent in their conference planning. The current members of the Conference Committee are Jen Almjeld, Erin Banks-Kirkham, Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, Ruth Osorio, Britt Starr, and Patrick Thomas. Please be in touch with Jess Enoch ( regarding opportunities, questions, or concerns.

Thank you to both Dr. Robinson and Dr. Beemer for your efforts in sustaining and supporting our conversations and scholarship. As President of the Coalition, I can’t wait to see you all in Atlanta (and Durham)!

The Coalition Seeks an Archivist/Historian (apply by April 20, 2022)

CFSHRC Archivist and Historian: Call for Applicants

The Coalition invites applications for the position of Archivist and Historian. The person in this role will oversee the curation, organization, navigation, and promotion of the Coalition’s administrative archive, which contains meeting minutes, organizational correspondence, and other similar documents related to the Coalition as well as the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference and Peitho journal.

Position description: The CFSHRC Archivist and Historian will take responsibility for building and maintaining the Coalition’s archives in both digital and, as relevant, analog forms. This work will include ongoing collection and curation of administrative documents from members of the CFSHRC Executive and Advisory Boards, the Conference Site Hosts for the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, and the editorial team of Peitho. The Archivist and Historian will also actively pursue the acquisition of relevant materials from past and present CFSHRC members.

Building on the substantial, foundational work of our first Archivist and Historian, Alexis Ramsey-Tobienne, the Archivist and Historian will also oversee the organization and searchability of the materials currently included in the Coalition’s digital archive and will design and implement initiatives to publicize materials held therein and to educate current and future members of the Coalition about the organization’s challenges and accomplishments.

Appointment and eligibility: The CFSHRC Archivist and Historian will be selected by a committee established by the CFSHRC President and will serve a 2-year term that will conclude in April 2024, with the option of reapplication and reappointment for a total of three, two-year terms served. This role will have Ex Officio status on the Advisory Board unless the individual appointed is already an elected Advisory Board member. All CFSHRC members are eligible to apply except next term’s officers (including the Member-at-Large). Applicants must be current members of the Coalition. To confirm membership status, please contact Coalition Treasurer Jane Greer at

To apply: By Wednesday, April 20th, email a cover letter and current CV to outgoing Coalition President Wendy Sharer at ( In the cover letter, please explain

  • your interest in the position,
  • your ideas for fulfilling the role,
  • your qualifications, including (but not limited to) relevant experience with archival work and scholarship.

Potential applicants are welcome to send preliminary questions to Wendy Sharer (


Reading Lisa Ede: A Tribute (4/6/2022, 4:30 PM Eastern)

Registration is free but required. Please register at

Join the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition on April 6th at 4:30pm Eastern to celebrate Dr. Lisa Ede. Her work is foundational to our understanding of feminist rhetorics and constructions of audience; the dynamics of coauthorship; the process and post-process movements; writing pedagogies, including the advances of technology and social media in shaping instruction; issues of equity and access in academia; and the writing center as a space of possibility and coalition building. During her career, Lisa received the CCCC Braddock Award and the MLA Mina Shaughnessy Award, and in 2015 the Coalition dedicated the biennial Lisa Ede Mentoring Award to her example.

Learn more from colleagues who come together as Lisa’s readers as well as her students, coauthors, co-editors, co-conspirators, and friends.
Lisa Ede, a white woman with shoulder-length blonde hair pictured from the waist up, stands smiling in front of a blooming rhododendron bush.

Image: Lisa Ede in Her Garden. Photo credit: Greg Pfarr.


  • “Lisa Ede’s Rhetorically Feminist Self-Reflection,” Jennifer Love, (Lane Community College)
  • “(Re)Reading Lisa: An Intertextual Remembrance,” Dodie Forrest (Yakima Valley College)
  • “On Learning from Writing Together: Career-Long Collaboration and Mentoring”  Lynée Lewis Gaillet (Georgia State University) and Letizia Guglielmo (Kennesaw State University)
  • “Comedy, or Rhetoric by Other Means,” Caleb Jones, Faith Kurtyka, and Joshua Prenosil (Creighton University)


  • Nancy DeJoy (Michigan State University)
  • Cheryl Glenn  (Penn State University)
  • Andrea A. Lunsford (Stanford University)

Call for Nominations: 2022-2024 CFSHRC Advisory Board (2/4 Nomination Deadline)

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition seeks nominations for its active Advisory Board for the 2022-2024 term. Both peer- and self-nominations are encouraged.The Coalition, founded in 1989, 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.

As an organization of dedicated individuals and groups, we seek to cultivate 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/or classrooms.Most importantly, we are a busy and growing organization, offering many opportunities for involvement. Advisory Board members contribute to the Coalition in ways such as the following:

  • serving on organizational committees (e.g., standing committees as well as award and ad hoc committees);
  • serving on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed, quarterly journal Peitho;
  • liaising with the conference organizers of our biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics conference;
  • facilitating mentoring tables at the Coalition’s annual 4Cs session; and
  • attending scheduled Advisory Board meetings during the 2022-2024 term

Notes about Process:

  • To make a nomination, please send the nominee’s name, current institutional affiliation, and e-mail contact information. I will then reach out to the candidate to ask for supporting materials. Supporting materials include: a letter explaining their interest in serving on the AB and a CV. In the case of self-nominations, nominees will submit these materials to me.
  • Nominees need not already be members of the Coalition, but they will be asked to join upon accepting their nomination.

Please submit all nominations and self-nominations to Jess Enoch ( by Friday, February 4th. Supporting materials will be due Monday, February 14th.

With thanks,

Jessica Enoch

Vice-President, CFSHRC

Annual Coalition Wednesday Evening Event: Online, 3/23, 6-8 PM (Eastern)

The Coalition is pleased to announce that we will host our annual “Wednesday Evening Event” via Zoom again this year. While we were not able to fit the session into the limited schedule for the now virtual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), we hope you will join us for an engaging evening of discussion about the guiding values and priorities of feminist scholars, teachers, and activists in the field. Details are below.

Note that registration, which is free, is required. Registrants will receive a program for the event via email as the date nears.


What do we really value?

Creating a Shared Values Statement to Guide Inclusivity

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

6:00-8:00 PM, via Zoom

with Chicago-based facilitator Julia Perkins, Founder and Chief Strategist, MBMD Strategic Consultants

Julia Perkins