SOCIOLOGISTS FOR WOMEN IN SOCIETY (SWS) is an international organization of social scientists. Members include undergraduate and graduate students, university and college faculty, researchers in business and government, freelance writers and journalists. SWS members share expertise and dedication to attaining social equality forwomen and minorities.

SWS-SOUTH is a regional organization serving the same purposes as, and in liaison with, the national SWS. We hold meetings annually in conjunction with the Southern Sociological Society (SSS). Between annual SWS-South meetings, our bi-annual newsletter and our listserve are the primary means of communication and of keeping our network alive and vigorous. If you are not a member, please join today! Please feel free to download our brochure. Click here for a copy of our bylaws.

Our membership is comprised of scholars from universities and institutions in the South that are actively engaged in studies and teaching social sciences and the issues that affect women. Members networkwithin the organization as a means of increasing their success in this pursuit.

Important Announcements

Each year, Sociologists for Women in Society-South sponsors an organization and donates the proceeds of the Silent Auction to the organization. We also collect donations of items that the agency needs during the SSS meetings.

This year, SWS-S is sponsoring Lost-N- Found, an organization that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Atlanta find permanent housing (see for more info).

If you would like to donate items, please sign-up using the link below and drop your donation at the SWS-S registration desk during the SSS conference (there is a store near the hotel in Atlanta if you don’t want to travel with the items).

SWS-S Donations for Lost and Found Youth


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Email Sandra Godwin to be added to the listserv. Newsletter releases and a few other events are announced on the list; otherwise it is not a high volume list.



from the president:

Thank you for visiting the SWS-South webpage!

It is my honor to welcome you here and invite you to join us. We are a vibrant group that meets annually at the Southern Sociological Society meetings. We sponsor research presentations, teaching sessions, and professional workshops. We also host a silent auction that takes place during a coffee and dessert reception, with proceeds going to a local organization that serves women in need. In all, we are a welcoming group, committed to research and activism that supports the success of all women in society, as well as one another in a wide variety of professional settings (including awards for gender scholarship). We would love to see you at these sessions, the auction, and our business meeting in Atlanta in April 2016.

Before the meeting, or once you get there, you can become a member by contacting Membership Chair Lanier Basenberg. We also welcome new ideas for sessions or workshops, as well as sessions that you organize. If you have an idea or would like to put a session together, email our Vice-President Stephanie Gonzalez-Guittar.

For 2016, we’re thrilled to be working with Lost N Found as the beneficiary of our silent auction. We will also have a special session featuring the organization and the issue of LGBT homeless youth.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to become more involved or ask questions. See you in Atlanta!

Emily Fairchild
President 2014-16
efairchild@ncf DOT edu

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