Awards offer an important insight into what is considered ‘excellence’ in the social science disciplines.
The GESS project has traced ways in which the value placed on women’s contributions can be measured: as fellows of learned academies, as recipients of academic awards; and as recipients of public prizes. In addition, it looked for recognition of scholarship using a gender lens in its approach.
We conducted a website survey of some of the most prestigious academic prizes awarded by professional associations in economics, political science, philosophy, and sociology in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, and similarly for history in Australia. This is not an exhaustive survey of all the awards in the social science disciplines and there are gaps that we continue to fill.
We focused on awards that had a research emphasis, covering books or articles as well as awards for lifetime contribution. Comparative analysis of the gender of award recipients between disciplines and between countries is ongoing and will be added as the project progresses.
Awards and prizes
A survey of where and how women are recognised in awards for economics scholarship.
A count of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities from two disciplines in this study.
A count of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences from the five disciplines in this study.
An audit of where and how women are recognised in awards of history scholarship.
International professional organisations such as the International Political Science Association have played an important role in raising awareness of gender gaps and inequality in academia.
A survey of where and how women are recognised in awards of philosophy scholarship.
A survey of where and how women are recognised in awards of political science scholarship.
A survey of where and how women are recognised in awards of sociology scholarship.