SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecture By Mary J. Osirim Published in Gender & Society

SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecture: Feminist Politcal Economy in a Globalized World: African Women Migrants in South Africa and the United States

Mary Johnson Osirim, Bryn Mawr College, USA

January 17, 2019
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Migrant Women Are Active Economic Participants: New Study

African migrant women face considerable obstacles to economic participation, but they remain very active participants, new research indicates.

In her upcoming article, “Feminist Political Economy In a Globalized World: African Women Migrants in South Africa and the United States,” noted Africanist Dr. Mary Johnson Osirim, Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College conducted research that spanned more than two decades on the economic experiences of migrant women. Her research considered the populations of African women in Zimbabwe and South Africa and African women in the northeastern U.S., particularly Boston and Philadelphia.

She followed the lives of migrants and found that African women – whether in Africa or the U.S. – represent a facet of globalization that is under-acknowledged. In considering the lives of women in Africa and the U.S., Osirim found that the challenges, while different, were met with creativity and resilience.

“What is most striking about these women,” she said, “is that they approached challenge with creativity and resilience. These are women who actively return to community and have played formidable roles in community development.”

The article will be published in the upcoming February edition of Gender & Society.

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Gender & Society is a peer-reviewed journal, focused on the study of gender. It is the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, and was founded in 1987 as an outlet for feminist social science. Currently, it is a top-ranked journal in both sociology and gender studies. Gender

& Society, a journal of Sage Publications, publishes less than seven percent of all papers submitted to it. For additional commentary, you can also read the Gender & Society blog and follow the journal on Twitter: @Gend_Soc.

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SWS Social Actions Initiative Award Supports Isaí Ambrosio: Activist-in-Residence at UC Santa Cruz

Isaí Ambrosio: Activist-in-Residence

University of California Santa Cruz 

The application for this award was submitted by SWS Member, Sylvanna Falcón, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Director of the Research Center of Americas at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Please Click Here to Access the Article

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

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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.”