Welcome to the Research Committee on Women, Gender, and Society (RC32) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). The ISA is a non-profit association for scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences and was founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO.
RC32 (Women, Gender, and Society) was established in 1973 with the name Sex Roles in Society, in accordance with what was then Article XI of the ISA Statutes. The Research Committee emerged from a Working Group with the same name established at the VII World Congress of Sociology in 1970 in response to a petition from women and men at that Congress. The title of RC32 was changed to Women in Society by a mail ballot among its members in 1980. RC32 is organized according to Article 4 of the 2002 Statutes of ISA. In 2018, it was further changed to Women, Gender and Society.
RC32 raises its own funds primarily from membership dues. RC32 may also apply and receive funds from the ISA and appropriate sources. RC32 administers its own funds through the election of a Treasurer who, in conjunction with the ISA, collects and banks dues and keeps up to date membership lists, and provides a financial report.
to promote the development of theory, methods, and practice concerning women in society and the intersecting nature of gender with other dimensions of diversity and inequality in society.
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 who share the perspectives enumerated in article IIa to IIc.
to forge links with research committees on women in other international social science associations in order to exchange information across interdisciplinary boundaries and to promote mutually beneficial joint ventures (e.g., planning inter-Congress and pre-Congress conferences, producing newsletters, etc.).
to maintain continuing contact with UN agencies, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) related to our activities, to maintain continuing links with other research groups within the ISA, and to take an active part in establishing international priorities through consultancy, advocacy, and networking activities; and
to contribute to increased awareness of the objectives and activities of the ISA.
McMaster University, Canada
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
Eastern Michigan University, USA
Alicia Itati Palermo
Universidad Nacional de Luján, Argentina
West Virginia State University, USA
Shweta Majumdar Adur
California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Rosalie Aduayi Diop
Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
Agatha N.T. Eguavoen
Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
Tayo Ola George
Covenant University, Nigeria
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
Calcutta University, India
York University (Canada), Iran
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan
The University of Melbourne, Australia
University of Palermo, Italy
University of Valencia, Spain
Orebro University, Sweden
Francesca Alice Vianello
University of Padua, Italy
& THE CARIBBEAN
The University of the West Indies,
Trinidad and Tobago
LaGuardia Community College, USA
University of Guelph, Canada
Jan Marie Fritz
University of Cincinnati, USA
University of Ottawa, Canada
Akosua Adomako Ampofo
University of Ghana, Ghana
Florida Atlantic University, USA