The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change. ORWAC seeks to advance understandings of the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class, including transgender politics, masculinity, dis/ability, labor, transnationalism, postcolonialism, and critical race theory.

ORWAC is a Western States Communication Association (WSCA) affiliate, sponsors programs at the WSCA convention, and publishes a journal: Women’s Studies in Communication.


  • Congratulations to our 2020 Research Development Grant recipients: 

    • Shardé M. Davis for "Talking with my Sistahs: Testing the Role of Stress during HIV-Related Discussions among Black Women and HIV Risk and Prevention Outcomes”
    • Ashley Cassandra Joi Daniels for "Unlocking the Power of the Sister Vote: Examining the Motivations of Black Women Supporting Black Women Candidates”
    • Lisa Roth for "Rhetorical Analysis of 1980s Lesbian Public Discourse: Reconstituting Lesbian Identity, Activism, and Community during the Rise of the New Right”
    • Margarida Costa da Silva Catela Teixeira for "Survivors’ Perspectives on Anti-Trafficking Communication and Social Change”
  • Due to COVID-19, our publisher paused the printing of Women's Studies in Communication, which delayed members' print issues. In the meantime, online access to the journal content should not be affected.  

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our conference: Citizenship at the Intersections: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment. Our program included keynote presentations by Isaac West, Karma Chavez, and Ersula Ore, and responses from Catherine Palczewksi, Annie Hill, Belinda Stillion Southard, E. Cram, Shirley Wilson Logan, and Lisa Flores. Joan Faber McAlister led a workshop on publishing scholarship. Other conference presenters included: Jessica Enoch, Carly S. Woods, Zornitsa Keremidchieva, Ashley Hall, Isra Ali, Inbal Leibovits, Stephanie (Sam) Martin, and Linda Horwitz. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths performed Carrie Chapman Catt and led a discussion on her performance, and Janet Fitch provided a preview of her documentary, The Most Dangerous Women.

  • Congratulations to Jenna Hanchey for winning the 2020 Feminist Scholar award for her article "Doctors Without Burdens: The Neocolonial Ambivalence of White Masculinity in International Medical Aid"

  • Congratulations to Shuzhen Huang and Daniel Brouwer for winning the 2019 Feminist Scholar award for their article "Negotiating Performances of 'Real' Marriage in Chinese Queer Xinghun"

  • Find us online! ORWAC now has three channels of social media:

  • Help support the Feminist Language and Communication Collection at the University of Oregon. This Collection is devoted to collecting and preserving the papers of scholars, writers, activists, and organizations whose work was foundational in challenging communication practices and theory in the early years of the second wave of the feminist movement in the United States. Among those whose papers are included are: Paula Gunn Allen, Suzette Haden Elgin, Ursula Le Guin, Sally Miller Gearhart, Nancy Henley, Marcia Houston, Cheris Kramarae, Casey Miller and Kate Swift, Anita Taylor, and the Lucy Stone League. Funds donated will be used to process archival materials such as syllabi, conference papers, versions of book and article manuscripts, texts or notes for lectures and speeches, letters and emails, awards, and videos and audio tapes relevant to gender and communication. Women’s and feminist histories are easily erased and forgotten. This Collection is designed to ensure that the history of feminism in the communication discipline is preserved. ORWAC will match up to $10,000 in funds donated over the next two years, so your contribution to the Collection goes twice as far. Checks should be made to: “UO Foundation-Special Collections Restricted Fund”; in the memo line, please write “Feminist Language and Communication Collection—ORWAC Donation.” Checks should be sent to: Keri Aronson, UO Libraries, Director of Development, 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1299.   

The Organization for Research on Women and Communication is against hate, including bigotry, misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and any form of violence. We support the rights of all human beings, regardless of race, gender, ability, citizenship, religion, gender identity/expression, or sexuality to be included, treated fairly, and prosper.

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Our biannual newsletter contains a message from the president, addresses commonly asked questions about professional development, updates members on recent changes within the organization, includes our calls for paper submissions to the Western States Communication Association annual convention and gender preconferences, announces honors and awards, as well as provides reports from our grant recipients. 

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The ORWAC Journal, Women's Studies in Communication (WSIC), provides a feminist forum for diverse scholarship addressing the relationships between communication and gender. WSIC invites contributions in the form of research, reviews, and commentary with the potential to advance our understanding of the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class, as well as the articulations between gendered performances, power, and representation in public culture.

  • Each year, the Feminist Scholarship Award is presented to the top essay published in the journal at the Western States Communication Association's annual conference.
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The Organization for Research on Women and Communication invites submissions for our Research Development Grants.  Members are eligible to apply for one of three grants that support scholars at different levels of their career: M.A. students, PhD students, and instructors or tenure/track faculty. Each grant offers a maximum of $2,500.00.

Grants are designed to assist feminist scholars completing research or creative projects that privilege and advance understandings about the intersectionality and complexity defining women’s lives.  Broadly speaking, submitted projects are those that:

  • chart new ground in disciplinary knowledge about women and gender
  • offer insights about the challenges and negotiations confronted by women in light of intersecting identities
  • favor the voices, experiences, discourses, performances and lives of women 
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The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change. ORWAC is a Western States Communication Association (WSCA) affiliate, publishes a journal: Women's Studies in Communication, and sponsors programs at the WSCA convention.

Membership includes:

  • A subscription to Women's Studies in Communication Journal
  • Receipt of a biannual newsletter
  • A voice in managing the business affairs of ORWAC
  • Eligibility to apply for the annual research development grants
  • An invitation to the annual ORWAC reception at the WSCA convention (complimentary food and drinks and a networking opportunity for early scholars)

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