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Thanks to a generous bequest from Sara A. Whaley, NWSA will offer an annual $2,000 Sara A. Whaley book award on the topic of women and labor. This prize honors Sara Whaley, who owned Rush Publishing and was the editor of Women's Studies Abstracts. Each year NWSA will award a book prize for a monograph that addresses women and labor from intersectional perspectives.

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
  • Women of color of the U.S. and/or International origin are encouraged to apply.

Suggested topics on women and labor include but are not limited to:     

  • Migration and women’s paid jobs
  • Illegal immigration and women’s work
  • Impact of AIDS on women’s employment
  • Trafficking of women and women’s employment
  • Women and domestic works
  • Impact of race on women’s work

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 their book to:
National Women’s Studies Association
1720 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
ATTN: NWSA Whaley 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.