Award Winning Books: Women's Studies

Between Women

Domestics and Their Employers

Judith Rollins

Jessie Bernard Book Award, American Sociological Association, 1987

A study of the unique relationship between women employers and employees

256 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


The Black Female Body

A Photographic History

Deborah Willis and Carla Williams

Finalist for the Publishers Marketing Association's Ben Franklin Award, Reference Category, 2003
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002
National Gold Ink Bronze Award, 2002

Recovering a photographic legacy

240 pages | 9 x 12 | 26 color illustrations, 185 duotones


Black Venus 2010

They Called Her "Hottentot"

Edited by Deborah Willis

Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women's Studies by the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, 2011

Analyzing contemporaneous and contemporary works that re-imagine the “Hottentot Venus”

288 pages | 7 x 10 | 42 duotones


Body Language

Sisters in Shape, Black Women's Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics

Kimberly J. Lau

Elli Köngäs-Maranda Professional Prize, American Folklore Society, 2011

How Black women's engagement in improving health and fitness raises questions about feminism and the construction of black female identity

204 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


The Cost of Being a Girl

Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap

Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Honorable Mention from the National Women's Studies Association for the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize, 2018

Traces the origins of the gender wage gap to part-time teenage work, which sets up a dynamic that persists into adulthood

208 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 tables, 8 line drawings


Dangerous Passage

The Social Control of Sexuality in Women's Adolescence

Constance A. Nathanson

Eliot Freidson Outstanding Book in Medical Sociology, American Sociological Association, 1993

Adolescent pregnancy as a public policy issue

304 pages


The Delinquent Girl

Edited by Margaret A. Zahn

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2009

A major study defining the delinquent girl, the crimes she commits and why she commits them

360 pages | 6 x 9 | 17 tables, 29 halftones


Doing Comparable Worth

Gender, Class, and Pay Equity

Joan Acker

Jessie Bernard Prize of the American Sociological Association for Life Achievement, 1989

The study of a large comparable worth project and of how gender and class dynamics influenced its outcome

272 pages | 6 x 9


A Political Autobiography

Gerda Lerner

Outstanding Achievement Recognition by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee, 2003
A BookSense top 76 pick in the category, "Life Stories of Some Famous and Not-So-Famous Women," March/April 2003
A PW Book of the Day, June 2002

A beautifully written, dramatic memoir from one of women's history's founders

408 pages | 7 x 10 | 24 halftones


Good Reasons to Run

Women and Political Candidacy

Edited by Shauna L. Shames, Rachel I. Bernhard, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Langan Teele

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2020
Mirya Holman, recipient Erika Fairchild Award from the Southern Political Science Association's Women's Caucus, 2022

How and why women run for office

324 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 32 figures, 2 maps


Laotian Daughters

Working toward Community, Belonging, and Environmental Justice

Bindi Shah

Association for Asian American Studies' Outstanding Book Award in the category Social Science, 2014
Honorable Mention, Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Association, 2013

How environmental activism in youth shapes political engagement and citizenship for Laotian American women

216 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table


Las Hermanas

Chicana/Latina Religious-Political Activism in the U.S. Catholic Church

Lara Medina

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2005

The history of a feminist religious movement that mobilized the Chicana/Latina community

232 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 10 halftones


Political Black Girl Magic

The Elections and Governance of Black Female Mayors

Edited by Sharon D. Wright Austin

Examines the crucial role that Black women have carried out in the cities they govern

332 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 tables, 14 figures


Street Woman

Eleanor M. Miller

Distinguished Scholar Award, American Sociological Association Criminology Section, 1987

Interviews with female street hustlers working in prostitution, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and larceny

216 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Weaving Work and Motherhood

Anita Ilta Garey

William J. Goode Book Award, American Sociological Association Family Section, 2000

A new understanding of working mothers

240 pages | 6 x 9