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.

The latest updates on SWS-South from the SWS Newsletter; Network News SWS-South updates:

Notable Accomplishments in Charlotte SWS-South had a very productive weekend during the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society April 3rd-6th in Charlotte. Our activities included a set of conference sessions on topics including gender and media and gender and work, as well as a plenary where the past female SSS presidents addressed gender in leadership. We also gave our first Early Career Gender Scholar Award and elected new officers (see below). The highlight of this year’s meeting was our charitable work with All We Want is Love, a Charlotte organization that educates the public about sex trafficking. We repeated our extremely successful Coffee for a Cause and Silent Auction, and added “Girls Wanna Be Free” wrist-bands and a T-shirt for a Day campaign. Everyone wore their SWS-S T-shirts on the Thursday of the conference, demonstrating sisterhood and gaining visibility for this local organization.

The SWS-S Vision Committee continued to take seriously our charge that we are an organization for “Women in Society,” extending our community-based efforts with a focus on All We Want is Love. We were honored to have the founder Jillian Mourning present at our reception, giving a short talk on the goals of the program. Nearly 60 people attended and enjoyed treats from a local, woman-owned bak-ery called Tizzerts. The proceeds from the auction and from sales of t-shirts with the All We Want is Love logo helped us to raise over $1,000 for the organization. Thanks to our vision committee and members who ordered T-shirts, wristbands, bid on auction items and donated cash at our business meeting for making this a success! We were thrilled to be part of this awareness campaign.

Our Early Career Gender Scholar Award was given to Erin Cech, a professor at Rice University who studies occupational sex segregation and inequality in STEM professions. She received a plaque and one-year membership in SWS-South and will present her work in a special session at next year’s meeting.

Finally, we are pleased to announce our newly elected officers

  • President: Emily Fairchild, New College of Florida
  • Membership Chair/Treasurer: Lanier Basenberg, Georgia State University
  • National Liaison: Shannon Carter, Univ. of Central Florida

Our continuing officers are: Vice President:

  • Marni Brown, Georgia Gwinnett College Secretary: Kylie Parrotta, Delaware State University
  • Vision Committee Chair: Sancha Medwinter, Duke University
  • Awards Committee Chair: Claudia Youakim, Univ.ersity of FlorIda
  • Newsletter Editor: Regina Baker, Duke University

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