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Gender Equity Award

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The Award

The Gender Equity Award (formerly known as the CoGEA or "squeaky wheel" Award) recognizes individuals whose service to the discipline demonstrates the courage to bring to light and investigate practices in anthropology that are potentially sexist and discriminatory based on gender presentation.

Historically, this award has honored those who have acted to raise awareness of women's contributions to anthropology, worked to identify barriers to full participation by women in anthropology, or helped to bring about significant shifts in intellectual paradigms through their anthropological research on women's lives.

In recent years, the Gender Equity Award has expanded to include an even broader scope. In addition to honoring scholars who work against discrimination against women in anthropology, the committee celebrated feminist scholars working to raise awareness of discrimination in anthropology on the grounds of gender presentation of any kind. Award recipients are expected to serve on the selection committee for the following year. 

Scholars and practitioners from all subfields of anthropology, at stages ranging anywhere from promising mid-career to proven late-career, were honored for acting to improve the status of those discriminated against on the basis of sex or gender identity in anthropology through:

View previous award winners.

Nomination Requirements

Some of the strongest candidates in the past received nominations and testimonies from multiple nominators.


Please note that nominees are considered for three years. Those not chosen in the first year will be considered for two more years.

Award recipients are expected to serve on the selection committee for the following two years.

Submission Deadline: March 2022

Information on how to apply will be available this winter.

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