Welcome to the Coordinating Council for Women in History!
This is a place where women historians can find a wide variety of resources, support, and a community to help them thrive. If you are a woman active in the academic field of history, or if you are interested in women’s history, please make yourself at home: explore our website, take advantage of all that we offer, and contribute as you wish. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can help, or if you think you can help other women in any way!
The CCWH is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women historians at all stages of their career and to promoting women’s history in all its forms. It deepens its roots in two associations that were formed in the late 1960s and early 1970s when women historians were few and largely overlooked, and when women’s history was questioned as a legitimate field of study. Much progress has been made since then. As the CCWH approaches its 50th anniversary in 2019, women’s history is now established in the profession and women make up a large percentage of History Ph.Ds. Yet, the original mission of the CCWH remains important: women make up less than 20% of full professors; they still face difficulties during the hiring process, and they often carry undue burdens throughout their career; moreover, the academic workplace has become “feminized” as an increasing number of academics work without benefits, in low-paid and insecure positions as contingent labor.
The CCWH is here today to take meaningful steps to improve this situation. As an organization to bring together all women in the historical profession, the CCWH gives all of its members power in numbers. It provides a powerful mentoring network for scholars at all stages of their careers. It promotes the diversity of new scholarship that will lead the literature fields of the future by awarding numerous scholarship and awards. It publishes a newsletter with relevant article, reviews, and announcements. It also engages women scholars through personal and professional relationships that transcend scholarship, age and scholarly stature and promote a community of academics and activists united by a love of history.
To that end, I invite graduate students, tenured and un-tenured faculty, those working outside academia and public historians to join the CCWH and become part of an exciting group of scholars, activists and feminists. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in supporting our mission.
Welcome to the organization!
Sandra Trudgen Dawson
Executive Director, 2014-2017