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NWSA offers an annual $1,000 Alison Piepmeier book award for a groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship thanks to a gift from Susan Shaw, Patti Duncan, Jane Nichols, Kryn Feehling-Burton, and Nancy Barbour. The donation comes from the contributor budget from a forthcoming ABC-CLIO encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities.


Basic Guidelines

  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Scholars with disabilities, scholars of color, and LGBTQ scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

Suggested topics for feminist disability studies include but are not limited to:     

  • Reproductive justice and disabilities
  • Racialized representations of disabilities
  • Queer experiences of disabilities
  • Mothering and disabilities
  • Disabilities activism
  • Media representations of disabilities
  • Gender, sport, and disabilities
  • Disabilities and the body
  • Disabilities, sex, and sexuality
  • Disabilities in politics and policy
  • Disabilities and technologies

Please Note: due to the Illinois COVID-19 shelter in place order, our office is unable to accept packages at this time. Please wait until May 1, 2020 to ship hard copies of books. 

To complete your application, you must send 5 copies of the book to:
National Women’s Studies Association
1720 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
ATTN: NWSA Piepmeier Book Prize
Books must be received by June 15th.

Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.