Research Committees

RC32 Women in Society

Established in 1973


To promote the development of theory, methods, and practice concerning women in society and the gendered nature of social institutions; to encourage the critical evaluation of current sociological paradigms from the perspective of all subordinate groups, including women; to promote perspectives and foster consciousness concerning women's rights throughout the world; to improve research, organize meetings, and promote other means of communication, cooperation and collaboration among researchers at the national, regional, and international levels; to forge links with the research committees on women in other international social science associations.

Board 2014-2018


Akosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO, University of Ghana, Ghana,
Josephine BEOKU-BETTS, Florida Atlantic University, USA,


Cynthia JOSEPH, Monash University, Australia


Melanie HEATH, McMaster University, Canada, 
Glenda BONIFACIO, University of Lethbridge, Canada (2014-2016)

Newsletter Editor

Nazanin SHAHROKNI, Syracuse University, USA,

Regional Representatives

Asia [South, Southeast, East]

Bula BHADRA, India
Anita DASH, India
Ray-May HSUNG, Taiwan
Saori KAMANO, Japan


Julie MATTHEWS, University of Adelaide, Australia


Anna-Brit COE, Umea University, Sweden
Consuelo CORRADI, Università Calabria, Italy
Francesca VIANELLO, University of Padua, Italy
Chryssanthi ZACHOU, The American College, Greece

Latin America and the Caribbbean

Alicia I. PALERMO, Luján National University, Argentina
Marlise MATOS, Brazil

Middle East and West Asia

Nilay CABUK KAYA, University of Ankara, Turkey
Rima SABBAN, United Arab Emirates

North America

Shobha Hamal GURUNG, USA
Jaya PERUVEMBA, Canada
Patricia TOMIC, Canada
Melanie HEATH, Canada


Agatha EGUAVOEN, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
Chioma ONYIGE, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Past Presidents

Margaret ABRAHAM, Hofstra University, USA
Esther Ngan-ling CHOW, American University, USA
Evangelia TASTSOGLOU, Saint Mary's University, Canada


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