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

Follow these links for the preliminary program and conference registration:

Preliminary conference program:

RWSA preliminary program 2015 Nov 2014

Conference registration:


SILENT AUCTION AT CONFERENCE: We will once again be holding a Silent Auction at the San Marcos conference to raise money for the RWSA. It's time to start collecting donations to the auction. The most sought-after items in past auctions have included handicrafts made by rural women, depictions of rural life, and books about rural women. Published authors, please contact your publisher and request that they donate a copy of your book (and perhaps a few related titles, as well!) to the silent auction. We will not have a formal book exhibit, so the silent auction is an excellent way to promote your books! Please contact Cindy Prescott <cynthia.culver@gmail.com> with any questions about the silent auction.

MENTORING OPPORTUNITY AT CONFERENCE: In conjunction with the 2015 conference in San Marcos, Texas, the RWSA will be introducing a new mentoring program that will pair graduate students and junior scholars with more senior scholars. This is an opportunity to have a seasoned scholar read and comment on a work in progress, or perhaps just offer a listening ear. If you would be interested in being a mentor or being mentored, please contact Cindy Prescott <cynthia.culver@gmail.com>. Individuals seeking to be paired in time to meet with the mentor/mentee at the San Marcos conference should contact Cindy no later than December 31, 2014.

FINDING A ROOMMATE FOR THE CONFERENCE: Conference goers looking for a roommate are encouraged to post their requests on the RWSA Facebook page.

READ ALL ABOUT IT!: Check out the latest issue of the RWSA Newsletter at the link below. Thanks to editor Rebecca Montgomery for her usual excellent job!

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY LOOKING FOR A NEW WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES DIRECTOR: Iowa State University is seeking a new director for its Women's and Gender Studies Program. For more information about the position and application procedures, follow this link:Iowa State Women's Studies Job

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

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.

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.

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.