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Power and Pain: The Black Superwoman and Mental Health
Venise T. Berry, Janette Y. Taylor, and Denise Aikoriegie

Despite the popular notion of Black Superwoman, when it comes to mental health Black women often experience a life that is “less than.” Emotional ups and downs happen to everyone, but research has shown that Black women tend to find themselves more stressed and depressed than others. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (2021) reports that there are a number of situations that impact the mental health of Black women. This book will focus on the problematic role of superwoman leading to the mental health issues of many Black women in today’s society.

For this collection of work, we are seeking a broad range of submissions such as research, essays, poetry, short stories, and other creative projects collected from both academic and creative spaces. Power and Pain: The Black Superwoman and Mental Health will highlight Black women who find themselves fighting and striving to succeed. We are looking for abstracts in the topical areas below, however, please contact us if you have an additional idea that can be considered.


Send a 500-word abstract to by April 30, 2022. Submissions must be original and should not be under consideration anywhere else while being evaluated for this anthology. If your abstract is accepted, the final submission will be due no later than December 1, 2022. We plan for the book to be published in late 2023.

Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all aspects of communication, language, and gender. Contributions to Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome.

Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the journal espouses an explicitly feminist positionality, though articles need not necessarily engage or advance feminist theory to be appropriate fits for the journal, and articles that critically examine feminisms are welcome. Other potential topics include but are not limited to studies of human communication in dyads, families, groups, organizations, and social movements; analyses of public address, media texts, literature, activism, and other cultural phenomena; the role of gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural exchanges, listening, relationship building, and public advocacy; linguistic analysis; and many others. The journal operates from a nuanced and expansive understanding of gender, so contributions about sexuality, gender identity, and the complexity and limitations of gender as a concept are especially appropriate. Contributions that center intersectional perspectives are particularly encouraged, as are those that explore gender and language from non-Western or global perspectives. Articles published in Women & Language need not come from a communication perspective, but should reflect thoughtful engagement with language and/or communication processes or theory.

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, activists, and practitioners at any stage of their careers. All submissions undergo rigorous peer review in a mentorship-centered process committed to developing excellent scholarship.

To submit, email Leland G. Spencer at


Submission Deadline:  Articles for general issues are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial decisions typically issued in about 3 months.