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Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (March 2016)

Spring 2014 Update

The CCCC CSWP is currently engaged in revisions to its charge, a project on mapping gender and service (including the invisible economy of service within higher education broadly and writing studies specifically) in different institution types and employment status; we are looking at how and whether the committee might speak to or investigate issues associated with instructors working off the tenure track (a majority of which are women), and whether policy statements, revisions to position statements, or research studies might emerge from these projects.

Mission and Charges of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

The CSWP advocates for issues of concern to women in the profession--contingency in the labor force, examining the specificity of the material conditions that impact the working lives of women teaching in rhetoric and composition, and promotion of feminist scholarship. To those ends, we have sponsored panels at the Annual Convention, co-sponsored the All-day Wednesday Feminist Workshop, and organized SIG sessions to discuss topics of concern and to mentor other women in the field. Our efforts have focused primarily on providing a feminist presence and clearinghouse of ideas of concern to women's lives in the profession at the Annual Meeting.

Charge 1:  Review the history of CCCC, with respect to its activities on behalf of women, for purposes of historical recording what activities were undertaken, and what they contributed to CCCC and to its women members.

Charge 2:  Share the historical record in appropriate venues, including the CCCC MemberWeb.

Charge 3: Identify feminist concerns and continuing woman-gender specific concerns that should be brought to the attention of the members for reasons of scholarship and/or action; to recommend appropriate actions to the CCCC Officers and EC.


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