Congratulations to Dr. Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

Congratulations to Dr. Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

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The SWS Feminist Activism Award, established in 1995, is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. This year’s Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee included Ghassan Moussawi (Subcommittee Chair), Brittany Battle, Rocío Garcia, Latoya Council, and Cierra Sorin. The Subcommittee decided that Dr. Georgiann Davis will be the SWS 2022 Feminist Activism Award Winner.

Georgiann is a feminist medical sociologist and an intersex activist who is dedicated to three goals: 1) raising intersex awareness, 2) educating future medical doctors, and 3) ending the genital mutilation doctors often subject intersex people in order to surgically squeeze the intersex body into the arbitrary sex binary. Georgiann Davis is a scholar-activist whose research, teaching, and activism are at the intersection of medical violence and feminist theories. She is currently working on a feminist autoethnography tentatively entitled Five Star White Trash where she discusses the complexities of intergenerational mobility, whiteness, gender dogma, and the ways in which anti-fatness is rooted in anti-Blackness. She is a former board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017-2020) and a past-president of InterConnect Support Group (2014-2015). You can read more about her research, teaching, and activism at

Her nomination materials collected by Barbara Risman share that: “… Georgiann’s feminist scholar activism doesn’t stop with what and where she writes and appears on TV and on the Radio, it extends to service to the community with the goal of changing intersex lives, empowering future intersex leaders, and educating future doctors. Georgiann led one of the largest intersex support groups in the world (AIS-DSD Support Group). … Georgiann has worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges on their Difference of Sex Development Subcommittee with the goal of developing intersex inclusive curriculum for professors of medicine to use throughout their medical school classrooms.”

We hope you will join us in congratulating Georgiann and that you will make plans to join us for the 2022 Winter SWS Awards Celebration. We will be honoring Georgiann in person at the 2022 Winter Meeting at the Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on April 1, 2022. All current SWS Members can register for the meeting here: