Awards with the April 1, 2020 deadlines are:
  • Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship
  • Beth B. Hess Memorial Dissertation Scholarship
  • Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship
  • Social Actions Initiative Grants 


SWS is pleased to recognize many forms of outstanding feminist work. SWS gives awards at the Awards Reception during the Summer Meeting, held each August, and at the Winter Meeting Banquet. Awards with an October 1 Deadline are given at the Winter Meeting. Awards with an April 1 Deadline are given at the Summer Meeting. 

The Awards Committee is comprised of an elected chair, two elected members (who chair the Feminist Activism and Feminist Lecturer Subcommittees), and the chairs of each other award subcommittee, listed below. Following the 2019 Election, the Awards Committee will have three elected members, the 3rd member will chair the Feminist Mentoring Subcommittee.

Awards Committee Chair:

Marybeth C. Stalp:

Marybeth Stalp Photo

Marybeth C. Stalp is Professor of Sociology, and Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research centers on the intersection of gender, leisure, and culture, and includes US, UK, and Irish women quilters, North American handcrafters, the Red Hat Society, and women and men craftartists in the US. Stalp studies how aging women have fun throughout the life course, craftivism, and the importance of failure in crafting and the creative process, all with a focus on the maker, like in her 2007 book, Quilting: The Fabric of Everyday Life. Stalp has been a member of SWS since 1999, has previously served as Chair of the Social Action Committee, and currently serves as Chair of the Awards Committee.

Elected Committee Members:

Feminist Lecturer Award Subcommittee Chair (completing the term till 2020)
Marybeth Stalp:

Feminist Activist Subcommittee Chair
Victoria Reyes:

Sociologists for Women in Society Awards Revocation Procedure

– Procedure Effective February 27, 2019 – 

SWS Awards (for both non-students and students)

Natalie Allon Research Award*

The award, started in 2018, supports research on institutional gender-based discrimination (e.g., discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual orientation).

*Availability and dollar amount varies each year

Contact: Co-Chairs, Katie Acosta and Shweta Adur,

Selection Committee: Cynthia Deitch and Vasilikie Demos 

*SWS is not taking applications for the Natalie Allon Research Award in the next award cycle (deadline of April 1, 2020) because there is a need for these funds to be used for the first and second priorities of the Natalie Allon Fund. The first priority is to assist in the payment of legal fees for members who are fighting sex discrimination claims or claims relating to gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation The second priority is legal assistance in fighting cases of institutional discrimination that disproportionately affect women such as threats to tenure or the exploitation of adjuncts. 

Social Actions Initiative Awards

The Social Action Initiative Awards is SAC’s efforts to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members. Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds are fully dispersed.  The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS.


Chair of the Social Action Committee, Ruth Marleen Hernández:

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Angie Carter, Shawn Ratcliff, Dakota Raynes 

Deadlines: April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET 


SWS Student Awards 

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Social Action Award

Given at the Winter meeting, this award carries on the tradition of acknowledging, affirming and inviting students to participate in SWS.

Chair of the Social Action Committee, Ruth Marleen Hernández: 

Deadline: October 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Cristina Gordon, Sam Horwitz 


Graduate Students

Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship

This scholarship offers support to women scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally.

Contact: Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Committee:

Committee Chairs: Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles and Sasha

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Adelle Monteblanco and Anjana Narayan

Deadline: April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET 


Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a dissertation writing PhD student who has studied for at least one full academic year at a two-year college in the U.S., before transferring to complete a BA.

Contact: Chair, Sarah Bruch

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Myra Marx Ferree, Nancy Naples, Denise Copelton, and Mairead Moloney

Deadline: April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET


Cheryl Allyn Miller Award

This award recognizes a sociology graduate student, or a recent doctorate, whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work.

Contact: Chair, Tre Wentling:

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Kumiko Nemoto, Mary Virnoche

Deadline: October 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET


Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology and related fields on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and the prevention of these cancers. Another goal of the scholarship is to encourage scholars to make this type of research accessible to the public through speaking and publishing for lay audiences.

Chair, Ana Porroche-Escudero: 

2020 Selection Subommittee: Nona Gronert, Melissa Day, Susan Ferguson 

Deadline: April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS-ASA Minority Fellows (MFP)

Please click HERE to visit the American Sociological Association Website for more information. SWS sponsors two MFPs each year who are honored at the ASA Meeting.


SWS Faculty/Non-Student Awards 


SWS Feminist Activism Award

This annual award recognizes an SWS member who has made notable contributions to improving the lives of women in society, especially through activism.

Chair, Victoria Reyes:

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Mindy Fried, LaToya Council, and Amy Blackstone 

Deadline: October 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS 2019 Feminist Activism Award Winner: Amy Blackstone

Stay tuned for the Call for Applications to Host Amy Blackstone at your campus. Deadline is October 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. 

SWS Feminist Lecturer Award

Founded in 1985, this lectureship was created to recognize those whose scholarship employs a feminist perspective. The goal is to make these scholars more available to campuses where such a voice is unusual and/or unwelcome.

Contact: Chair, Marybeth Stalp:

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Kimberly Kelly, Angela Hattery, Koyel Khan

Deadline: October 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS Mentoring Award

This award honors an SWS member who is an outstanding feminist mentor.

Contact Co-Chairs, Manisha Desai and Paula England

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Laura Simon, Courtney Caviness, Patti Giuffre, Nicole Bedera 

Deadline: October 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET


Congratulations to the 2019 Summer Award Winners.