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.
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.