Established in 1974.


To monitor and advance the status of women in Linguistics.


The work of the Committee includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Monitoring and advancing the status of women in linguistics.
  • Proposing to the Executive Committee LSA policies regarding the rights, opportunities, and needs of women in linguistics, as well as evaluating said policies.
  • Maintaining liaison with other organizations concerned with the status of women in linguistics and investigating possibilities for cooperating with such groups on specific projects.
  • Advocating for the Society's guidelines for nonsexist usage, proposing revisions or additions to the Executive Committee as deemed appropriate.
  • Organizing professional development programming to assist women in advancing their careers as linguists.
  • Encouraging research on language and gender, as well as gender and sexuality.

Membership (open)

  • At least 6 members serving three-year terms.
  • At least one graduate and one undergraduate student member.

Committee Members

  • Emily Nava, Tango Group, Senior Co-chair (2014)
  • Ana Sánchez-Muñoz, California State University, Northridge (2015)
  • Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, The Ohio State University (2015)
  • Yaima Centeno, University at Albany (2015)
  • Laura Jo Downing, Goteborgs Universitet (2015)
  • Susan Fischer, City University of New York (2015)
  • Monica Macaulay, University of Wisconsin (2015)
  • Harriet E. Manelis Klein, Stony Brook University (2015)
  • Kate Remlinger, Grand Valley State University (2014)
  • David Silva, The University of Texas at Arlington (2014)
  • Kristen Syrett, Rutgers University (2015)
  • Margaret Thomas, Boston College (2014)
  • Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, City University of New York (2014)
  • Igor Yanovich, University of Tübingen (2015)
  • Christine Weissglass, Florida State University (2015)

Executive Committee Liaison: Susan Fischer
Staff Liaison: David Robinson
WILMA Liaison: Monica Macaulay

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