Women's Rights, Women's Suffrage: Society for the Study of American Women Writers at the 2020 ALA conference

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2020
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Composition & Rhetoric, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Women’s Rights, Women’s Suffrage

In 1920, the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was ratified. One hundred years later, women in the United States are still at the center of women-led battles like the #MeToo movement and #SayHerName, causes that define a generation in the 21st century. In these past and present struggles, how have women writers held social and political powers accountable through their stories, novels, memoirs, essays, journalism, blogs, and other writings?


Papers might explore, for example, how women writers addressed the opportunities and limits of women’s suffrage, or how differently situated women writers have engaged past and present struggles, considering changing definitions of women and changing technologies available to them (and to us). 


We welcome proposals on subjects related to this theme for an SSAWW panel at the American Literature Association conference, May 21-24, 2020, San Diego. 


Proposals may be up to 250 words and should be submitted by January 15, 2020.

Contact Info: 

Ellen Gruber Garvey, SSAWW Vice President for Development