Women and their Words: The Rhetoric of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign

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Call for Papers
September 23, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Composition & Rhetoric, Cultural History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Borderlands, Government and Public Service

Michele Lockhart seeks contributors for her fifth collection of essays, which will analyze the language used by female candidates as they vie to be the 46th President of the United States and first female President of the United States.


Having published an edited collection, President Donald Trump and his Political Discourse: Ramifications of Rhetoric via Twitter (2018, Routledge), and three co-edited collections with Rowman & Littlefield, Political Women: Language and Leadership (2013), Global Women Leaders: Studies in Feminist Political Rhetoric (2014), and Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 Election: Her Political and Social Discourse (2015), she is dedicating this collection to the women in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election campaign and the language they use surrounding major issues, such as immigration / race relations, mass shootings / gun laws / terrorism, health coverage / Medicare, education, and climate change, among others.


The book, tentatively entitled Women and their Words: The Rhetoric of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign, examines the prelude to the historic event—Election Day, November 3, 2020—focusing on the women who ran for high office, whether it be Vice-President or President.  The primary focus of the book will surround the political discourse of the individuals as demonstrated through speeches, debates, and social media, while taking into consideration visual rhetoric components, such as political ads / signage, and yes, the appearance of the candidate.  The interdisciplinary approach lends itself to: rhetoric; political rhetoric; political discourse; leadership studies; feminist studies; women in politics; media; international relations; sociology.


Proposals of approximately 300 words must be submitted no later than September 23, 2019, but acceptance into the collection will be based on completed essays of approximately 20-25 double-spaced pages submitted no later than December 20, 2019.  Include contact information, previous publications, and academic affiliation, if any.  Please title the e-mail subject line of the proposal “Women 2020” when e-mailing the proposal.

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