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This page includes a comprehensive list of articles on communication / rhetoric regarding Women's Rights, up through 1920. Selective books and articles are from other disciplines.


Apodaca, Clair. "Measuring Women's Economic and Social Rights Achievement." Human Rights Quarterly 20.1 (1998): 139-72.

Aslanian, Artour. "The Use of Rhetoric in Anti-Suffrage and Anti-Feminist Publications." LUX: A Journal of Transdisciplinary Writing and Research from Claremont Graduate University 2 (2013): 110-129.

Borda, Jennifer L. "The Woman Suffrage Parades of 1910-1913: Possibilites and Limitations of an Early Feminist Rhetorical Strategy." Western Journal of Communication 66 (2002): 25-52.

Bosmajian, Haig A. "The Abrogation of the Suffragists' First Amendment Rights." Western Speech 38 (1974): 218-232.

Browne, Stephen H. Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 1999

---. "Encountering Angelina Grimke: Violence, Identity, and the Creation of Radical Community."Quarterly Journal of Speech 82 (1996): 38-54.

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs. A Critical Study of Early Feminist Rhetoric. Vol. I of Man Cannot Speak For Her. New York: Praeger, 1989.

---. "Gender and Genre: Loci of Invention and Contradiction in the Earliest Speeches by U.S. Women."Quarterly Journal of Speech 81 (1995): 479-495.

Collins, Vicki Tollar. "Walking in Light, Walking in Darkness: The Story of Women's Changing Rhetorical Space in Early Methodism." Rhetoric Review 14 (1996): 336-354.

Conrad, Charles. "Agon and Rhetorical Form: The Essence of 'Old Feminist' Form." Central States Speech Journal 32 (1981): 45-53.

---. "The Transformation of the "Old Feminist" Movement." Quarterly Journal of Speech 67 (1981): 284-297.

Davis, Sue. The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women's Rights and the American Political Traditions. New York: New York U Press, 2010. Print.

Donawerth, Jane. "Poaching on Men's Philosophies of Rhetoric: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Rhetorical Theory by Women." Philosophy & Rhetoric 33 (2000): 243-258.

Dow, Bonnie J. "The 'Womanhood' Rationale in the Woman Suffrage Rhetoric of Frances E. Willard." Southern Communication Journal 56 (1991): 298-307.

Galewski, Elizabeth.  "The Strange Case for Women's  Capacity to Reason: Judith Sargent Murray's Use of Irony in 'On the Equality of the Sexes' (1790)." Quarterly Journal of Speech 93/1 (2007): 84-108.

Gougeon, Len. "Emerson and the Woman Question: the Evolution of his Thought." New England Quarterly 71 (1998): 570-571.

Gussman, Deborah. "Republican Rhetoric and Subversity: Speaking for White Women and American Indians in the 1820s. Professing Rhetoric : Selected Papers From the 2000 Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Eds. Frederick J.Antczak, Cinda Coggins,and Geoffrey D. Klinger. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2005. 37-44.

Hagan, Martha. "The Antisuffragists' Rhetorical Dilemma: Reconciling the Private and Public Spheres."Communication Reports 5 (1992): 73-81.

Hamand, Wendy F. "The Woman's National Loyal League: Feminist Abolitionists and the Civil War." Civil War History35 (1989): 39-58.

Hayden, Sara. "Negotiating Femininity and Power in the Early Twentieth Century West: Domestic Ideology and Feminine Style in Jeanette Rankin's Suffrage Rhetoric." Communication Studies 50 (1999): 83-102.

Hayden, Wendy. "'Audacia Dangereyes': Appropriate Speech and the 'Immodest' Woman Speaker of the Comstock Era." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 42/5 (2012): 450-471.

Hillbruner, Anthony. "Frances Wright: Egalitarian Reformer." Southern Speech Journal 23 (1957): 193-203.

Huxman, Susan Schultz. "Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Fuller, and Angelina Grimke: Symbolic Convergence and a Nascent Rhetorical Vision." Communication Quarterly 44 (1996): 16-28.

---. "Perfecting the Rhetorical Vision of Woman's Rights: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anna Howard Shaw, and Carrie Chapman Catt." Women's Studies in Communication 23 (2000): 307-336.

Kendall, Kathleen Edgerton, and Jeanne Y. Fisher. "Frances Wright on Women's Rights: Eloquence Versus Ethos." Quarterly Journal of Speech 60 (1974): 58-68.

Johnson, Nan. "Reigning in the Court of Silence: Women and Rhetorical Space in Postbellum America." Philosophy & Rhetoric 33 (2000): 221-242.

Jorgensen-Earp, Cheryl R. "The Lady, the Whore, and the Spinster: The Rhetorical Use of Victorian Images of Women."Western Journal of Communication 54 (1990): 82-98.

Kendall, Kathleen Edgerton, and Jeanne Y. Fisher. "Frances Wright on Women's Rights: Eloquence Versus Ethos." Quarterly Journal of Speech 60 (1974): 58-68.

Kerr, Andrea Moore. Lucy Stone: Speaking Out for Equality. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1992.

Leeman, Richard W. "Do Everything" Reform: The Oratory of Frances E. Willard. Great American Orators 15. New York: Greenwood P, 1992.

Linkugel, Wil A., and Martha Solomon. Anna Howard Shaw: Suffrage Orator and Social Reformer. Westport: Greenwood P, 1991.

Logan, Shirley. "'We Are Coming:" The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1999.

Lowance, Mason I., and Ellen E. Westbrook. The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1994.

Mattina, Anne F. "'Corporation Tools and Time-Serving Slaves': Class and Gender in the Rhetoric of Antebellum Labor Reform." Howard Journal of Communications 7 (1996): 151-168.

Mattingly, Carol. "Woman-Tempered Rhetoric: Public Presentation and the WCTU." Rhetoric Review 14 (1995): 44-61.

Murphy, John M. "'To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds': Margaret Sanger and The Birth Control Review."Women's Studies in Communication 13 (1990): 23-45.

Nelson, Jennifer. Women of color and the reproductive rights movement. New York: New York U Press, 2003. Print.

Palczewski, Catherine H. "The Male Madonna and the Feminine Uncle Sam: Visual Arguments, Icons, and Ideographs in 1909 Anti-Woman Suffrage Postcards." Quarterly Journal of Speech 91/4 (2005): 365-394.

Peterson, Carla. "Doers of the Word": African American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880). New York: Oxford UP, 1995.

Pinola, Mary, and Nancy E. Briggs. "Martha Wright Griffiths: Champion of Women's Rights Legislation." Central States Speech Journal 30 (1979): 228-240.

Poirot, Kristan.  "(Un)Making Sex, Making Race: Nineteenth-Century Liberalism, Difference, and the Rhetoric of Elizabeth Cady Stanton." Quarterly Journal of Speech 96/2 (2010): 185-208.

Ratliff, Krista. Anglo-American Feminists: Challenges to the Rhetorical Tradition. Carbondale: Southern Illinois Press , 1996.

Ray, Angela G. "The Rhetorical Ritual of Citizenship: Women's Voting as Public Performance, 1868-1875." Quarterly Journal of Speech 93/1 (2007): 1-26.

Ray, Angela G., and Cindy Koenig Richards. "Inventing Citizens, Imagining Gender Justice: The Suffrage Rhetoric of Virginia and Francis Minor." Quarterly Journal of Speech 93/4 (2007): 375-402.

Sanchez-Eppler, Karen. Touching Liberty : Abolition, Feminism, and the Politics of the Body. Berkeley: U of California P, 1993.

Sharer, Wendy. "Rhetorical Education for Political Action: The League of Women Voters and the Subversion of Political Parties in the1920s." Professing Rhetoric : Selected Papers From the 2000 Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Eds. Frederick J.Antczak, Cinda Coggins,and Geoffrey D. Klinger. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2005. 45-52.

Slagell, Amy R. "The Rhetorical Structure of Frances W. Willard's Campaign for Woman Suffrage, 1876-1896.Rhetoric and Public Affairs 4 (2001): 1-23.

Solomon, Martha M., ed. A Voice of Their Own: The Woman Suffrage Press, 1840-1910. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1991.

Sterling, Dorothy. Ahead of Her Time: Abby Kelley and the Politics of Anti-Slavery. New York: W. W. Norton, 1991.

Trautman, Frederick. "Harriet Beecher Stowe: Public Readings in the Central States." Central States Speech Journal 24 (1973): 22-28.

Venet, Wendy Hamand. Neither Ballots nor Bullets: Women Abolitionists and the Civil War. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 1991.

Vonnegut, Kristin S. "Poison or Panacea?: Sarah Moore Grimké's Use of the Public Letter." Communication Studies 46 (1995): 73-88.

Waggenspack, Beth M. The Search for Self-Sovereignty: The Oratory of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. New York: Greenwood P, 1989.

Wagner, Gerard A. "Sojourner Truth: God's Appointed Apostle of Reform." Southern Speech Journal 28 (1962): 123-130.

Watson, Martha. Lives of Their Own: Rhetorical Dimensiions in the Autobiographies of Women Activists. Greenville: U of South Carolina P, 1999.

Winderman, Emily. "S(anger) Goes Postal in The Woman Rebel: Angry Rhetoric as a Collectivizing Moral Emotion." Rhetoric & Public Affairs 17/3 (2014): 381-420.

Zacharis, John C. "Emmeline Pankhurst: An English Suffragette Influences America." Speech Monographs 38(1971): 198-206.

Zaeske, Susan. "The 'Promiscuous Audience' Controversy and the Emergence of the Early Women's Rights Movement." Quarterly Journal of Speech 81 (1995): 191-207.

---. "Signature of Citizenship: The Rhetoric of Women's Antislavery Petitions." Quarterly Journal of Speech 88 (2002): 147-168. |}