Welcome to the RWSA

Founded in 1998 as an outgrowth of the Sixth Conference on Rural and Farm Women in Historical Perspective, the Rural Women's Studies Association is an international association for the advancement and promotion of farm and rural women's gender studies in historical perspective. The Association aims to encourage research, to promote existing and forthcoming scholarship, and to establish and maintain links with contemporary farm and rural women's organizations. The RWSA aims to encourage scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and countries to communicate about their research and all other activities that are supportive of the Association's goals.

Jensen-Neth Fund

The Jensen-Neth Fund, in honor of Joan Jensen and in memory of Mary Neth, was established to provide some funding for graduate students, activists, and international scholars who wish to attend the RWSA conferences. The RWSA is an incorporated 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductable. For information on how to make a donation, click on the Membership Form link below.



“The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place

Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference

Hosted by Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

February 12-14, 2015

Watch this space in coming months for information on registration, the conference program, and other details!


DOROTHY SCHWIEDER, 1933-2014: The RWSA is sorry to note the passing of long-time member Dorothy Schwieder, a pioneer in the study of rural women's history. Her obituary and information on memorial contributions may be found at the following link: Dorothy Schwieder Obituary

RECENT MA THESES AND PHD DISSERTATIONS ABOUT RURAL WOMEN: RWSA member Amy McKinney has compiled a list of recent theses and dissertations written about rural women. Thanks Amy! To see the results of her labor, follow this link:Recent Theses and Dissertations about Rural Women

WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE!: Be sure to "like" Rural Women's Studies Association on Facebook! And thanks to Anne Moore for serving as our Facebook page editor.

RWSA AT THE 2014 AHS MEETING: The RWSA held its annual business meeting on June 20 at the Agricultural History Society meeting in Provo, Utah. See the link below for a copy of the meeting minutes.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MATTERS ESSAY COMPETITION: In honor of the centennial of woman suffrage in Montana, the Women's History Matters Essay Prize Committee at the University of Montana, Montana State University, and Montana Historical Society are calling for entries of 6,000-8,000-word essays that explore comparative studies of women in Montana and the West, Native American women's histories, studies of women's roles in social movements and institution building, biographical accounts of individual women, feminist historical analyses of forces shaping Montana and the West, and more contemporary accounts of women's social and political action into the late twentieth century. Winners will receive cash awards and possible publication in Montana: The Magazine of Western History and a Montana Historical Society Press anthology on women's history. Submission deadline is October 31, 2014. For further information about the competition, including submission criteria and process, follow this link: History Matters Essay Competition.

WAWH GITA CHAUDHURI PRIZE: The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) welcomes submissions for its annual $1,000 Gita Chaudhuri Prize for the best monograph about the history of women in rural environments published by a WAWH member. The deadline for the 2015 prize is January 5, 2015. For further details, follow this link: The Western Association of Women Historians welcomes submissions for the Gita Chaudhuri Prize.

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ARTIFACTS IN AGRARIA SYMPOSIUM: The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, will be hosting the Artifacts in Agraria Symposium, October 17-18, 2015. Deadline for proposals is January 26, 2015. Follow this link for details: Artifacts in Agraria Call for Papers.

THE DAILY YONDER: The Daily Yonder, a publication of the Center for Rural Strategies, covers all things rural and is looking for contributions from younger writers and scholars. Interested parties should go to www.dailyyonder.com to get an idea of the length and tone of Daily Yonder articles and then contact Dale Mackey at mackeyda@gmail.com to discuss your own ideas for an article or articles.

QUERY ABOUT MANUSCRIPT: Alexandra Johnston, PhD, Host Program Coordinator in the Intensive English and Orientation Program at Iowa State University asks the following question of our membership:

I wonder if you might be able to direct me to colleagues of yours who might be interested in a first-hand written account of pioneer family life in Grundy Center, IA? It is a 140-page manuscript memoir of family history written by a woman born about 1920 who wrote about her mother's life on the farm, as well as the oral history of her grandparents who settled there. It is a vivid, detailed account of everyday life, hard work, and the social fabric of rural Grundy Center. It seems like it might be useful for sociologists or historians of rural life to use as a primary source. Interested parties may contact Dr. Johnston at amj@iastate.edu.

RWSA members and web site visitors may be interested in also visiting the following organizational sites: Assn. for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums; Southern Association for Women Historians; Western Association of Women Historians; and Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest.