Southern Sociological Society Plenary To Feature Past SWS President and Current SSS President, Adia Wingfield and Current SWS President, Mignon Moore


April 7, 2021 from 6:00 pm Central Time – 7:30 pm Central Time

Organizer: Adia Wingfield, Washington University in St. Louis 

Panelists: Mignon Moore, Barnard College; Malaysia Walker, Louisiana Trans Advocates

Click HERE for more details on how to participate in the 2021 Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Meeting: “Will America Work? Race, Polarization, and Economic Inequality” to be held virtually from April 7 – 10, 2021

Adia Wingfield, past SWS President, is the current President of the Southern Sociological Society.

Mignon Moore is the current President of Sociologists for Women in Society

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University – By SWS Member, Hae Yeon Choo and Robert Diaz

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University

Written by SWS Member, Hae Yeon Choo and Robert Diaz
Published in Inside Higher Ed on April 2, 2021

Official statements condemning it ring hollow if they don’t, in fact, stop the anti-Asian racism that already exists within many of these institutions, argue Robert Diaz and Hae Yeon Choo.

Click HERE to access the article.

Full link to article:

SWS Releases 2021 Annual Survey of Candidates for American Sociological Association (ASA) Election



Thank you to SWS Vice President, Mary Virnoche, for collecting this data.

Please Click HERE to go directly to the PDF of the Survey Data.

Microsoft Word Doc File is Located HERE

It is also located on the SWS website in the Justice in the Academy section. 

 Ballots for the 2021 ASA election will be distributed to eligible members in April 2021. For more information on the American Sociological Association’s 2021 Election, please go to this website:


Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2021 

Next Deadline is April 1, 2021 


PDF of Flyer

Social Actions Initiative Awards


Current SWS members can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support broadly defined social action initiatives (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building).

Brought to you by the Social Action Committee of SWS. 
Two 2021 Funding Cycles.

  • April 1st
  • October 1st

Learn more about the award and pervious winners:

Apply here:

Questions? Contact Kris De Welde (Social Action Committee chair):


Join or Renew Your SWS Membership:

Request a 2021 Sponsored SWS Membership here:

SWS Signs Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta Collective Statement


SWS Council Votes to Sign the Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities 

March 22, 2021

As an intersectional, anti-racist, feminist professional organization dedicated to promoting social justice and dismantling intersecting systems of oppression, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) adds its voice to the growing number of organizations that strongly condemn all forms of violence that are rooted in systemic racism. Today, Monday, March 22, 2021, SWS signed onto the statement issued by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

The full statement can be located HERE, at this website:

We mourn the loss of the 8 victims of the Atlanta Spa Shootings

Xiaojie Tan

Daoyou Feng

Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez

Paul Andre Michels

Soon Chung Park

Hyun Grant

Suncha Kim

Yong Ae Yue 

Link to article:

We encourage you to review this statement and to consider signing it as well. The website has the statement translated into the following three languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. 

Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

On March 16, eight people were killed at three different spas in North Georgia including six Asian women. We are heartbroken by these murders, which come at a time when Asian American communities are already grappling with the traumatic violence against Asian Americans nationwide, fueled by the United States’ long history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and gender-based violence.

As we collectively grieve and respond to this tragedy, we must lead with the needs of those most directly impacted at the center: the victims and their families. And during this time of broader crisis and trauma in our Asian American communities, we must be guided by a compass of community care that prioritizes assessing and addressing our communities’ immediate needs, including in-language support for mental health, legal, employment, and immigration services. 

We must also stand firm in decrying misogyny, systemic violence, and white supremacy. We must invest in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence and hate in our communities. We reject increased police presence or carceral solutions as the answers. 

For centuries, our communities have been frequently scapegoated for issues perpetuated by sexism, xenophobia, capitalism, and colonialism. Asians were brought to the United States to boost the supply of labor and keep wages low, while being silenced by discriminatory laws and policies. From the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the forced migration of refugees from U.S.-led military conflict in Southeast Asia, to post-9/11 surveillance targeting Muslim and South Asian communities, to ICE raids on Southeast Asian communities and Asian-owned businesses, Asian American communities have been under attack by white supremacy.

Working class communities of color are disproportionately suffering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration’s relentless scapegoating of Asians for the pandemic has only exacerbated the impact on Asian business owners and frontline workers and inflamed existing racism. The hypersexualization of Asian American women and the broad normalization of violence against women of color, immigrant women, and poor women make Asian American women particularly vulnerable. Hate incidents against Asian Americans rose by nearly 150% in 2020, with Asian American women twice as likely to be targeted. 

We are calling on our allies to stand with us in grief and solidarity against systemic racism and gender-based violence. Violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. 

In this time of crisis, let’s come together and build just communities, where we are all safe, where all workers are treated with dignity and respect, and where all our loved ones thrive.

Please see this statement in the SWS Response to White Supremacy/Systemic Racism section of our website:


SWS Publications Committee Announces Next Gender & Society Book Review Editor, Dr. Kelsy Burke

Announcing the Next Gender & Society Book Review Editor, Dr. Kelsy Burke

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The SWS Publications Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Kelsy Burke will be the next Gender & Society Book Review Editor.

Kelsy Burke, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studies sex, religion, and culture. Her first book is the award-winning Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet (2016, University of California Press) and her second book on contemporary debates over pornography is under contract with Bloomsbury Press. She is also co-PI (with Dr. Emily Kazyak) on a current National Science Foundation (NSF) grant studying the relationship between religious freedom laws and LGBTQ rights. Kelsy is a longtime member of SWS and has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of Gender & Society. Kelsy’s three-year term as Book Review Editor officially begins on June 1, 2021. In the meantime, Kelsy will serve as Deputy Book Review Editor of Gender & Society, assisting Dr. Catherine R. Solomon’s team at Quinnipiac University.

To go directly to the Gender & Society home page, please click HERE.



SWS Publications Committee Announces Next SWS Network News Editor, Dr. Melissa D. Day

Announcing the Next SWS Network News Editor

Dr. Melissa D. Day

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Melissa D. Day, Ph.D. is a first-generation feminist scholar of social stratification and inequality. Her research examines how meaning is constructed at the intersection of gender, parenthood, paid work, and caregiving across the contemporary family life course, and subsequently the impacts and implications of these intersections in institutional contexts and individuals’ lives. Her projects include a critical examination of stepmothers’ roles in the family, gender differences in unmet needs for care among seniors, the gendered mental health implications of combining spousal care and paid work in later life, and the challenges low-income mothers face when combining breastfeeding with service work occupations, for example. Another line of research focuses on refinement of social science methods and measurement, including the utility of using family diagrams as part of qualitative interviewing and advocating for the refinement of how diverse family structures could be more accurately measured in survey research. Her work is published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Teaching Sociology, Stepmom Magazine, and by the Carsey School for Public Policy. Also, a proud teacher-scholar, Melissa’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) work strives to make classrooms and universities more equitable and inclusive environments through rigorous pedagogy, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, developing tools that help improve students’ study skills, and increased access to open educational resources. Melissa earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in 2019 and is a time of transition to finding her permanent home in, or parallel to, academia.

Melissa has been a member of SWS since the 2019 Winter Meeting in Denver, which was a professionally life-changing experience for her because of the generosity of the SWS membership. She views SWS as a rare professional space where she feels acknowledged as a whole person, and where she finds support from fellow scholars that share her feminist values. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the SWS membership as the next Editor of Network News.

Call for Submissions for First Issue of Network News for 2021: Deadline for Submissions is April 15, 2021

Submissions to be sent to:

Issue to be released by May 15, 2021

Members’ bookshelf announcements: submit a summary/abstract of your book that is no more than 250 words, and a cover photo.

Announcements & Celebrations: Must be less than 50 words.

While we know many of our members support other professional sociological organizations, we are unable to include lengthy advertisements for upcoming conferences for these groups.

If you would like to submit a job advertisement, please keep in mind the cost associated with doing so, and the timing of the next issue’s release.  HERE is the link to the submission form for sponsorships. The form is located here:

Committee Reports, Regional & Local Chapter Reports: 400 words or less.

Officers & Guest Columns: 1000 words or less.

Feature Articles: 1500 words or less.

Please go to for more information and to see past issues.






Reagan Williams a 2021 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Awardee Highlighted by The College of Charleston


Student Activist Paves Way for Change, Healing

By Alicia Lutz – March 18, 2021

The College of Charleston

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Reagan Williams, one of the 2021 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Awardees

Nominated by Dr. Kris De Welde, The College of Charleston

Read the full article HERE

To read more about the 2021 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Awardees

Alexandria Hernandez. Reagan Williams. Molly Roach

click HERE.

To learn more about future application opportunities, click HERE.

SWS at the United Nations – 65th Commission on the Status of Women – March 19 and 20 Programming


The 65th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) sponsored by the United Nations (UN) is currently underway and SWS is sponsoring two amazing parallel events this year. Over the next 10 days of the UN CSW, NGO CSW/NY has organized hundreds of events that inform, engage and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls (for more information, click HERE, or go directly to this site:

Support SWS members and learn about some incredible feminist research.

Prior to attending you must register as an “advocate.”  You can do that here:

This will allow you to create a profile (to network with others or highlight your work) and create a schedule of all the events you would like to attend over the two weeks.

Search the schedule here:

Please direct questions to SWS ECOSOC Delegate, Nicky Fox: 

Friday, March 19 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

PANEL 1: Women’s Mobilization, Feminist Claim-Making and the Fight for Social Change 

  1. Maro Youssef, PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin. Women’s Political Participation After Revolution in Tunisia 
  2. Esha Sraboni, PhD Candidate, Brown University. Women Making Claims on the State: The Role of Community Based Groups in Rural Bangladesh 
  3. Fauzia Husain, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto. Women, Public Authority and Spectacular Agency
  4. Andrea Boyles, Professor of Sociology, Tulane University.Black Women’s Activism:  Leading the Progressive Movement at the Intersection of Political Participation, Backlash, and Victimization 
  5. Katie M. Gordon, PhD Candidate, Stony Brook University. Running as Resistance: Collective Action Framing and Women’s Candidate Emergence, 2016-2018 

Saturday, March 20 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

PANEL 2: Barriers to Gender Equity and Feminist Strategies of Resistance 

  1. Katherine L. Maldonado-Fabela, PhD Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara. System-Impacted Motherwork: Homegirls Dodging Criminalization 
  2. Morgan Richards-Melamdir, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Gender Equality, Instrumentalized Empowerment, and Decoupling in World Bank Discourse and Project Implementation.
  3. Molly M. King, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Santa Clara University & Megan E. Frederickson, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. The Pandemic Penalty: The Gendered Effects of COVID-19 on Scientific Productivity.
  4. Selina R Gallo-Cruz, Professor of SociologyCollege of the Holy Cross and Renée Remsberg, Wellesley College How They See Us, How We See Ourselves, and How We See Peace’: Reflections on Liberian Women’s Post War Experiences with International NGOs.
  5. Jessica Cabrera, Ph.D. CandidateUniversity of California, Irvine. The Feminist Playbook for Winning Back Title IX.

Learn more about the SWS International Committee HERE

Call for Applications for Campus Visit – 2020 Feminist Activism Award Winner, Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen

Call for Applications for Campus Visit

2020 Feminist Activism Award Winner

Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Committee Chair: Dr. Rebecca Hanson (

Selection Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Ghassan Moussawi (

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During the 2021-2022 academic year, 2020 SWS Feminist Activism Awardee, Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen, Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at El Paso, will make one campus visit. Dr. Leyser-Whalen’s research focuses on reproductive health, weaving in medical sociology, health disparities and gender. Dr. Leyser-Whalen is committed to working with three non-profit organizations: Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, West Fund and El Jardín Birth & Family Resource Center, all of which are dedicated to reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights. Situated at an institution that is on the U.S. – Mexico border, Dr. Leyser-Whalen addresses border politics in her activism and teaching. Dr. Leyser-Whalen also incorporates activism into her teaching leading to mutually beneficial collaboration for her students and the local community.

Applications from all types of institutions are welcome. Priority will be given to campuses with departments with a focus on feminist activism, social movements, sociological practice, and/or activist research. The selection subcommittee will look especially favorably on campuses that are committed to gaining the widest possible audience for these visits. This may be demonstrated by evidence of:

  • collaboration with other departments and programs on campus
  • multiple-campus cooperation
  • community partnerships

SWS will fund a portion of the expenses for the campus visit, thus institutions should not let resource scarcity prevent them from applying. SWS will fund up to $750 toward domestic travel and a maximum of $1500 toward international travel. The host campus is responsible for the costs associated with meals and lodging for the duration of the campus visit.

If you are interested in hosting a campus visit, send your application by May 1, 2021 to:

SWS Awards Committee Chair: Rebecca Hanson


Please put “SWS Feminist Activist Campus Visit” in the email subject line.

The application should include the following information:

  1. An explanation of your interest in hosting Dr. Leyser-Whalen and the merits of awarding a campus visit at your institution.
  2. A description of the type of presentation you are interested in hosting
  3. The number of days you will ask the awardee to stay.
  4. The target audience or audiences for Dr. Leyser-Whalen’s presentation.
  5. A description of how local costs (lodging and meals) will be met.
  6. Tentative dates for Dr. Leyser-Whalen’s visit.

Note: Due to public health concerns and travel challenges relating to COVID-19, we are committed to working with Dr. Leyser-Whalen and the campus visit host institution to identify suitable dates. SWS can extend the timeframe beyond the 2021-2022 academic year for this visit to occur if travel and programming are not possible within this timeframe.