Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee (SAC) engages SWS in projects that facilitate achieving its goals of promoting social justice through local and national activism and via members’ research, teaching and community service. The SAC is supportive of securing union friendly hotels for conferences, fair-trade coffee, child care at meetings, providing quiet spaces for breastfeeding, and the like at SWS meetings. The role of the committee is driven mostly by membership concern. The SAC co-chairs organize meetings and addresses issues brought to SAC by the membership.


  • Undergraduate Social Action Award In 2003 SAC began an undergraduate scholarship program to select up to three student activists who have engaged in internships or faculty projects to promote the status of women.  See the Undergraduate Social Action Award page for more information.
  • Social Actions Initiative Awards In 2016, the SAC launched a new initiative to support SWS members engaged in social actions.  Based on two funding cycles per year, awards are given to proposals that promote the mission of SWS.  See the Social Actions Initiative Awards page for more information.   The actions of award winners will be reported in Network News and on the SWS website.


  • Fact Sheets (2002-2015): SAC is no longer producing fact sheets, but all existing fact sheets can still be accessed on the website.


SWS Social Action Committee Presents Sustaining Activism Gatherings.


Contact Info

For the current Co-Chairs of the Social Action Committee, please visit:


If you are interested in joining the SAC listserv, please email your request to the chair with the subject “subscribe to SAC listserv.”

If you are a member and want to know more about this committee, or to read the minutes, please log in to access the Members’ section