Author Biography

Vicki Barnett-Woods is the Associate Director for Experiential Learning and Programming at Starr Center, Washington College. Manushag N. Powell is Professor of English and Secretary of Faculties at Purdue University.


This piece serves as an introduction to the discussions of bodily autonomy and reproductive rights, revised from roundtable presentations held at ASECS 2023. This collection of essays contributes to the resounding responses of frustration and anger toward the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The collection was written and presented by eighteenth-century scholars who have a comprehensive knowledge of the eighteenth-century legal, social, and medical histories that center around reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.


bodily autonomy, reproductive rights, feminist histories, legal history