SWS Member, Barbara Risman’s Research, Gender & Society Article, Cited in the New York Times

Attitudes and the Stalled Gender Revolution: Egalitarianism, Traditionalism, and Ambivalence from 1977 through 2016

By William J. Scarborough, Ray Sin, and Barbara Risman

Click Here to Access the Gender & Society Article, First Published November 8, 2018

Americans Value Equality at Work More Than Equality at Home

A study finds broad support for gender equality, but a disparity in people’s views of gender roles in public and private.

By Claire Cain Miller, December 3, 2018

Click Here to Access the New York Times Article




Photo Essay by SWS Treasurer-Elect, Veronica Montes, on Arrival of Migrant Caravan to Mexico City

Please Click Here to Access the Photo Essay by Veronica Montes that was recently published in Contexts.

Photo Essay on the arrival of the migrant caravan to Mexico City.

caravan, invasion, exodus: a photo essay by Veronica Montes

Left to right: A migrant’s backpack and donated blanket, Charging stations.

Left to right: Caravan, Invasion, Exodus., Inside the tents.


SWS Call for Applications for Campus Visit of 2017 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer: Dr. Julia McQuillan

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for 2017 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Awardee Campus Visit

Visitation Window: 2019
2017 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Awardee: Dr. Julia McQuillan

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is delighted to acknowledge our 2017 Feminist Lecturer Awardee Dr. Julia McQuillan who is prepared to visit a campus in the coming months to meet with students and deliver a talk, entitled: “I just want to be a scientist”: Real life conundrums and institutionaltransformation.

Please Click Here to learn more about how to apply.

Deadline for Applications is: December 1, 2018.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected SWS Officers!

Congratulations to the following individuals who are the newly elected SWS Officers, Chairs, and Committee Members. The first four people below are new members of SWS Council. These individuals will officially begin their terms at the 2019 Winter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. These results were shared with SWS Membership on November 1, 2018. 
Josephine Beoku-Betts, President-Elect
Nancy López, Vice President
Roberta Villalón, Treasurer-Elect 
Jax Gonzalez, Student Representative 
Ruth Marleen Hernández, Social Action Committee Chair
Shauna A. Morimoto, Career Development Committee Chair
Sasha R. Drummond-Lewis, Sister to Sister Committee Co-Chair
Tanya Cook, Membership Committee Member
Daniela Jauk, Membership Committee Member
Vrushali Patil, Publications Committee Member
Yasemin Besen-Cassino, Publications Committee Member 
Victoria Reyes, Awards Committee Member 
Ophra Leyser-Whalen, Nominations Committee Member 
Shobha Hamal Gurung, Nominations Committee Member 
Thank you to all of you who ran for a position and thank you to all SWS Members who voted in the election. And, thank you to the SWS Nominations Committee Members, Abby Ferber (Chair), Mindy Fried, Denise A. Copelton, Maura Kelly, and Anna Muraco for all of their work in putting together such a wonderful group of candidates for elected office.   

SWS Condemns Trump Administration’s Move to Redefine Gender: ‘Transgender Rights are Human Rights’


SWS Condemns Trump Administration’s Move to Redefine Gender: ‘Transgender Rights are Human Rights’

Sociologists for Women in Society unequivocally rejects efforts by the Trump Administration to redefine gender in such a limited way. Mandating that individuals identify with a binary gender category that is based on their sex organs at birth rejects the social construction of gender, neglects the experiences of intersex people, and flies in the face of extensive research showing that gender is not so simplistically defined. Gender is not a biological construction. Transgender rights are human rights. And the Trump Administration’s attempts to ignore these facts will alienate many and set back hard-won gains.

Gender & Society Releases Statement on Hoax Paper: ‘We are even more confident in our review process.’ 

Headline: Gender & Society Releases Statement on Hoax Paper

Subhead: ‘We are even more confident in our review process.’

A recently submitted article that has since been discovered to be false, circulated through Gender & Society recently. Through a rigorous process, editors for Gender & Society found that the paper lacked the empirical data necessary for the flagship publication of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).

“We encourage people not to write devastating reviews of papers,” said SWS member Dr. Amy Stone, Deputy Editor of Gender & Society and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Tex. “There was a generosity of spirit in which we presumed that the author was a graduate student who needed mentoring. We provided 13 pages of feedback to coach and mentor the author, but the paper was clearly not up to our standards.”

Gender & Society is a peer-reviewed journal focused on research related to sociology, gender studies and women’s studies. The journal publishes less than 10% of all papers submitted to it. Articles focus on gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies and global and transnational spaces. The journal follows a rigorous review process that goes through several stages of review. Editors and reviewers noted that writing a long paper under false pretense is unprecedented in their experience, and demonstrates a larger attack on the social sciences with a particular focus on fields related to gender and sexuality.

“This experience demonstrates a larger assault on the truth and our need to be literate in our reading and absorption of information. We tend to trust that the authors are genuine people,” said Dr. Jo Reger, Editor of Gender & Society, SWS member, and Professor of Sociology, Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. “This shows a lack of respect for the work that we do. People don’t really know what we do. If they did, they should be convinced by it. We are publishing knowledge that is not politicized.”


SWS Statement on Harassment and Sexual Violence


Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), like many other organizations, is reckoning with how to deal with and respond to the issue of sexual and gender harassment. As accounts from the #MeToo Movement reiterate, this sort of harassment is painfully common across workplaces, industries, and occupations.

It is important to state publicly and unequivocally: SWS does not tolerate, condone, or accept harassment of any type. There is no question that such behavior is detrimental to individual health, career opportunities, relationships, and adversely affects survivors in many other areas of life. But on top of that, it undermines trust in institutions and individuals; and perpetuates various types of inequalities. And finally, acts of harassment are incompatible with our values as a feminist organization.

Additionally, we recognize that harassment comes in many forms and is not just driven by gender. Harassment also occurs on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity, religious practice, and other factors. None of this is acceptable.

The recent attention to this issue within our discipline reminds us that in many cases, organizational policies maintain the status quo and re-victimize survivors. In doing so, institutions frequently protect themselves and the harasser(s) in question rather than taking steps to sanction and prohibit the harassing behavior itself. As a feminist organization, SWS has a special responsibility not to follow this pattern. Many of our members are people who have experienced some type of harassment themselves. Thus, it is incumbent upon us to act in accordance with our principles of transforming academia through feminist leadership and promoting social justice through activism. Given that women and non-binary people of all backgrounds are disproportionately likely to be harassed due to their subordinate position in society, there is no question that this is a feminist issue. Standing against harassment is not just a timely issue, it is a key opportunity to stand for our principles and to put action behind our beliefs.

SWS has some resources in place already to support survivors: the Discrimination and Academic Justice Committee, mentoring program, and Natalie Allon fund are all examples. But there’s still more we can do to model how an organization can take harassment seriously and operate in a way that respects survivors and recognizes the pervasiveness of this issue. In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing a working group to look into ways that we as an organization can strengthen and improve the measures we already have in place, as well as consider new ones that could also be beneficial. SWS has an opportunity here to model ways that organizations can establish measures that are fair, deliberate, transparent, and equitable. These measures need not compromise our ideals, mission, or values. And perhaps most importantly, they should not re-victimize those who have survived harassment. Together, we have an opportunity to seize the moment and show how feminist leadership and organizations can create necessary and positive change.

Message from SWS President, Adia Harvey Wingfield on the Issue of Sexual Harassment and Abuse Within the Discipline of Sociology

Dear SWS Members:

As many of you know, our discipline is having a public reckoning with the issue of sexual harassment and abuse. As the #MeToo movement has shown (and as many of us already know), no industries are immune from the problem of those in power abusing it to harass those in subordinate positions. This issue within the field of sociology is not a new one and there have been conversations about this for years. In fact, SWS was initially founded because of the lack of support for women and nonbinary people in ASA. It seems old issues die hard. 

I’m writing this note to remind everyone that SWS has resources in place to support survivors of all forms of sexual violence including sexual harassment. These resources are available to all members—faculty, students, applied sociologists, and retirees. The Discrimination and Academic Justice Committee will take confidential reports of harassment, gather information, and in some cases can offer written statements of support that can go to department chairs, deans, provosts, presidents, or other supervisors. If you are or have experienced harassment in academia, I’d encourage you to contact one of the Discrimination and Academic Justice Committee Chairs (Katie Acosta at: or Shweta Adur at: to let them know your situation and see how they can help. You could also call our Executive Officer, Barret Katuna at: 860-989-5651, if you do not want anything documented in an email; Barret can arrange for calls with Shweta and Katie. 

Another option is the SWS Mentoring Program. Danielle Currier (contact her at: daniellemcurrier@gmail.comcoordinates this and takes care to match mentees with mentors who are willing to provide help in whatever areas mentees need. If you’re dealing with sexual harassment or abuse within the academy, this service may be of help. You can request a mentor who can help you to think through your options and consider what course of action works best for you. 

A third resource is financial support from SWS. This is also available through our Discrimination and Academic Justice Committee. The SWS Natalie Allon Fund was established specifically to provide legal fees for SWS members who are protecting their rights by fighting discrimination cases based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual orientation. It also provides legal fees for cases of discrimination that disproportionately affect women. 

Finally, some of our members are also serving on the working group for the ASA to develop suggestions, best practices, and new guidelines to help stop harassment at meetings. The working group is still convening, but hopefully their suggestions will change some of the meeting norms and practices that allow harassment to occur, and help establish a reporting policy that is structured to meet survivors’ needs. Please consult the Summer Meeting program for more details.    

I expect we will have further discussion of this issue and its ramifications at the Summer Meeting later this week in Philadelphia. One item on Council’s agenda is to discuss various standing policies (or the lack thereof) that pertain to this issue. If you’ll be at the Summer Meeting, please feel free to share with me your thoughts, feedback, and insights about how SWS can best marshal our resources to address this problem. If you will not be at the meeting, please feel free to contact me directly with your thoughts, or to reach out to any Council Members with them. You can have a Council Member communicate your thoughts anonymously or with your name attached—whatever suits you best. If you would like to be connected with a Council Member via phone, please email Barret and she can arrange for a call. 

If you know of someone who is dealing with an issue of past or current sexual harassment and abuse and that person is not an SWS member, please let them know that SWS is here as a resource. This issue is bigger than our membership, but we can take this opportunity to lead and partner with other organizations like the ASA to establish necessary change.   

Thanks everyone,
Adia Harvey Wingfield
SWS President