The Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) at Rice University is pleased to invite contributions to the Rice Feminist Forum.  Now more than ever feminist voices are needed to address the issues of our day.  Several times a year, we will post a prompt for a different topic and ask for contributions from Center faculty affiliates, graduate certificate students, undergraduate majors, Advisory Board members, and those from the broader CSWGS community.

Our current topic is: PROTEST.

We would like to hear your thoughts about protest—as a verb and as a noun, as a constitutional right and as an increasingly urgent part of daily life.  Even as we acknowledge the powerful feelings this moment engenders, we challenge our white contributors specifically to amplify and deepen their language of feeling by addressing the structural problem of racism at the core of recent protests and reactions to them.

A black and white image of mass group of women with raised fists.
Image of the August 26, 1970 Women’s Strike at Chicago’s Daley Plaza, featured in the 2014 documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, directed by Mary Dore.

Main image (L): July 11 2016: In response to a wave of racial violence around the nation, Black activists organized a sit-in at Chicago’s Millennium Park, a march through downtown and a rally at Federal Plaza.

Protest has long been a key tool of feminist work, and more recently also of intersectional social justice work.  In that vein, we also welcome discussions of other protests from the long history of civil disobedience, especially those that highlight the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.  What can we learn from prior protests and the lives of the people we associate with them, among them Fannie Lou Hamer, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Marsha P. Johnson, Johnny Tillmon, Zhou Yongjun or more recent figures like Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi?  Essays might also address protest by focusing on key words and concepts associated with them—from “witness” and “ally” to “rioting,” “looting,” and “battlespace.”

We invite formal or informal essays of approximately 800 to 1000 words.  Please include a title for your piece and a public domain or creative commons image that could accompany your text.  We hope to get contributions both from the CSWGS community and beyond.  Please send all submissions to  One of our editors will contact you within two working days.  We will post all submissions our moderators deem on topic and appropriate for our audience.  We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and will post submissions in groups as they are edited and approved.