Congratulations to the 2021 Summer Award Winners.


Awards with the November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time deadline are:
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 
  • Feminist Mentoring Award
  • Feminist Activism Award
  • Feminist Lecturer Award
  • Undergraduate Social Action Award
  • Cheryl Allyn Miller Award
  • Social Actions Initiative Awards

Awards with the April 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time deadline are: 

  • Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship
  • Beth B. Hess Memorial Dissertation Scholarship
  • Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship
  • Social Actions Initiative Awards



Submit applications through the SWS Member Portal.
You do not need to be an SWS member to apply or nominate someone for these awards, but you need to use the portal.

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​, held each January/February. 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, three elected members (who chair the Feminist Activism, Feminist Lecturer, and Feminist Mentoring Award Subcommittees), and the chairs of each other award subcommittee, listed below. The Awards Committee has three elected members. 

Awards Committee Chair:

Rebecca Hanson is Assistant Professor of Crime, Law & Governance at the University of Florida, with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law and the Center for Latin American Studies. Hanson has conducted research in the Venezuela, Colombia, and the US. Her research is centered on gender, policing, politics, violence, and qualitative methods. In 2019 she published Harassed: Gender, Bodies, and Ethnographic Research (University of California Press) with Patricia Richards. Her current book manuscript asks how revolutionary politics in Venezuela transformed policing and violence in the 21st century. Hanson has been a member of SWS since 2014.

Elected Committee Members:

Feminist Lecturer Award Subcommittee Chair
Kimberly Kelly:
Term is from 2020-2022

Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee Chair 
Ghassan Moussawi,
Term is from 2021-2023 

Feminist Mentoring Award Subcommittee Chair
Corinne Castro:
Term is from 2020-2022


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 of Committee on Discrimination, Marisela Martinez-Cola, and Tracy Ore, 

Selection Committee: TBD

*SWS is not taking applications for the Natalie Allon Research Award in the next award cycle 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,  Kris De Welde:

2021 Selection Subcommittee: Heather Hlavka, Kira Escovar, Natascia Boeri, Rosalind Kichler and Kristy Kelly

Deadlines: April 1, 2022 and November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 


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,  Kris De Welde:

Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 

Selection Subcommittee: Heather Dillaway, Shaonta’ Allen, and Minwoo Jung


Graduate Students

Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship

This scholarship offers support to women and non-binary scholars of color 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: Esther Hernández-Medina and LaTonya

2021 Selection Subcommittee: Jennifer James and Adelle Monteblanco

Liaison for Applicants: Carmela Roybal

Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET 


Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a ​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. Students who attended the international equivalent of a U.S two-year college are also welcome to apply. Candidates who are already in the writing stage and apparently close to completion will be preferred

Contact: Subcommittee Chair, Sarah Bruch,

2021 Selection Subcommittee: Myra Marx Ferree, Nancy Naples, Toni Calasanti, Elizabeth Seton Mignacca, and Gul Marshall 

Deadline: April 1, 2022 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, Laura Bunyan,

Selection Subcommittee: Suki Xiao, Rianka Roy, Sarah A. Robert, Lisa Dilks and Maria Cecilia Hwang. 

Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 


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.

Subcommittee Chair: Ophra Leyser-Whalen,

Subcommittee members:  Jean Elson, Tashelle Wright, Gloria Gadsden, Ana Porroche-Escudero

Please address questions to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer ( and Rebecca Hanson, Awards Committee Chair (

Deadline: April 1, 2022 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.

Subcommittee Chair: Ghassan Moussawi,   

2021 Selection Subcommittee: Brittany Battle, Rocío Garcia, Latoya Council, and Cierra Sorin

Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 

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: Subcommittee Chair: Kimberly Kelly,

2021 Selection Subcommittee: Jill Bystydzienski, Christobel Asiedu, Margarita Levine, Marcella Gemelli, Sara Tyberg 

Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 

SWS Mentoring Award

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

Contact Chair: Corinne Castro:

2021 Selection Subcommittee: Rebecca P., Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Heather Laube, LaToya Council

Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
(Please note the extended deadline from October 1, to November 1, 2021) 


Recognizing that some campuses are hostile to feminist and intersectional perspectives and/or that personal experiences and relationships could contribute to an unwelcoming environment, the SWS Awards Committee has agreed upon the following protocols to ensure safety of visiting speakers as well as their preparation before a campus visit.

  • The awardee will be advised once all applications have been received and informed of the campuses that have applied for a campus visit. 
  • In the case that the awardee is uncomfortable with visiting any of the campuses, they will inform the chair of the selection subcommittee and that campus will be removed from the application pool.
  • After the campus has been selected and before the campus visit, the Executive Officer will arrange a Zoom Meeting between the awardee, the campus nominator, and the chair of the pertinent subcommittee. The Executive Officer will attend to answer any questions about funding, travel logistics, and publicity for the event. 

Sociologists for Women in Society Awards Revocation Procedure – Procedure Effective February 27, 2019 –