Congratulations to the 2020 Summer Award Winners. 


Awards with the April 1, 2021 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 Grants 
Awards with the October 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time deadline are:
  • Feminist Mentoring Award
  • Feminist Activism Award
  • Feminist Lecturer Award
  • Undergraduate Social Action Award
  • Cheryl Allyn Miller Award
  • 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 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. 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 ending in 2022.

Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee Chair 
Karine Lepillez:                                                                                                        Appointed to Fulfill Term ending in 2021. 

Feminist Mentoring Award Subcommittee Chair
Corinne Castro:
Term ending in 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: Chair, 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 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:

  • Rosalind Kicker and Sam Harvey

Deadlines: October 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET and April 1, 2021 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, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Christina Gordon, Sam Harvey


Graduate Students

Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship

This scholarship offers support to women and 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: Sasha Drummond-Lewis and LaTonya

2021 Selection Subcommittee: TBD

Deadline: April 1, 2021 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. Students who attended the international equivalent of a U.S two-year college are also welcome to apply. 

Contact: Subcommittee Chair, Sarah Bruch,

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Myra Marx Ferree, Nancy Naples, Denise Copelton, Mairead Moloney, Toni Calasanti, Elizabeth Seton Mignacca, and Gul Marshall 

Deadline: April 1, 2021 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: Suki Xiao, Rianka Roy, Sarah A. Robert, Lisa Dilks and Maria Cecilia Hwang. 

Deadline: October 1, 2021 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.

Subcommittee Chair: Eleanor Miller,

Subcommittee members:  Jean Elson, Gloria Gadsden, Melissa Day, Anna Porroche-Escudero

Deadline: April 1, 2021 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 
Karine Lepillez:                                                                                                        Appointed to Fulfill Term ending in 2021. 

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Amy Blackstone, LaToya Council, Ophra Leyser-Whalen, Cierra Sorin (Graduate Student Representative)

Deadline: October 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS 2019 Feminist Activism Award Winner: Amy Blackstone

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,

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Katie Acosta and Morgan Matthews

Deadline: October 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET

SWS Mentoring Award

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

Contact Chair: Corinne Castro:

2020 Selection Subcommittee: Manisha Desai​, Ashley Kim, Rebecca P., Rhacel Parreñas, Bandana Purkayastha

Deadline: October 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET

Congratulations to the 2020 Winter Award Winners. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Summer Award Winners. 

Sociologists for Women in Society Awards Revocation Procedure

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