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The Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA) monitors the status of gender equity in the discipline and the American Anthropological Association, advising the Executive Board and educating members. The Committee reports to the Executive Board. Members are elected from and by the AAA membership at large.
Since 1995, CoGEA (formerly the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology or COSWA), a standing committee of the AAA, has considered several new initiatives of interest to the membership. The initiatives include attention to sexual harassment, part-time employment, issues in academic and nonacademic employment, and issues of "productivity," assessment which is so important to promotion and tenure.
Monitor the status of gender equity in the discipline and the American Anthropological Association. Advise the Executive Board on the status of gender equity in the discipline and the Association to educate members.
Combined with other AAA programmatic committees to form the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) following the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting.
The Executive Board
What's New with CoGEA
CoGEA, formerly COSWA, is deepening our mission to achieve greater gender parity in anthropology through continued monitoring, advocacy, and education.
In 2009, we revised our mission statement and changed our name to align our identity more closely with a mandate of gender parity, and to provide a more expansive and inclusive arena for the consideration of all gender inequity issues. This change signals our interest in engaging transgender, women, and men in a comprehensive, discipline-wide dialogue.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
The National Academies are conducting a study of the impacts of gender-related experiences on women in science, engineering, and medical fields, and they have contracted with RTI International to gather information for the study. RTI International plans to conduct one-hour, in-depth telephone interviews with approximately 40 women faculty members in science, engineering, and medical fields at research institutions who have been personally impacted by any of the following behaviors in a professional setting within the past 5 years:
If you meet these criteria and are interested in being considered for the study, please complete a brief screening form here.
CoGEA is collaborating with several other groups to collect stories about caregiving experiences in the academy with the goal of sharing stories, best practices, and solutions.
Complete the survey here.
Work Climate, Gender, and the Status of Practicing Anthropologists
Prepared for the American Anthropological Association, 18 February, 2009
COSWA is committed to equal opportunity for anthropologists in all work settings. Recognizing that a significant number of anthropology PhDs and nearly all alumni from Master's programs are employed in positions other than as full-time university and college professors, in 2004 COSWA expanded its mission to become more inclusive of and to seek ways to connect to practicing anthropologists. To this end, COSWA designed and administered two work climate surveys to assess the gendered dimensions of anthropological work practice. This report contains the findings from COSWA's 2007 survey to assess the work climate of non-university and college-based practicing anthropologists.
2009 COSWA Report (PDF, 96 pages)
Executive Summary (PDF, 4 pages)
The COSWA Academic Climate Report 2008 addresses topics such as work environment and work-family issues as they relate to gender equity and the experiences of faculty in US anthropology departments. Click here to read the report, "We've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Academic Climate Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology." (PDF) If you have questions or comments, please send an email to Christina Wasson.
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Society for American Archaeology