To join the Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics (COGEL, pronounced [kɑgl]), email Jessica Rett, Committee Chair.


Established in 1974 as the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL), the committee's name was changed to its current form in 2021.


To monitor and advance the status of women in Linguistics and advocate on behalf of gender diversity and equality issues.


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 gender diversity and equality in linguistics and allied fields and investigating possibilities for cooperating with such groups on specific projects.
  • Advocating for the Society's Guidelines for Inclusive Language, 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 

  • Jessica Rett, University of California, Los Angeles, Chair
  • Athulya Aravind, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rebekah Baglini, Stanford University
  • Melissa Baese-Berk, University of Oregon
  • Maggie Baird, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Ellen Broselow, Stony Brook University
  • Paola Cépeda, Stony Brook University
  • Alicia Chatten, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Marianna Di Paolo, University of Utah
  • Laura Jo Downing, Goteborgs Universitet
  • Caitlin Green, University of California, Davis
  • McKenna Kading, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Hadas Kotek, Apple Inc.
  • Ivona Kucerova, McMaster University
  • Mary Catherine Lavissière, University of Paris, Sorbonne
  • Iara Mantenuto, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Katharina Pabst, University of Toronto
  • Stephanie Reyes, University of Chicago
  • Carly Sommerlot, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Ellen Thompson, Florida International University
  • Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, University of Arizona
  • Jae Weller, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Susi Wurmbrand, University of Connecticut
  • Igor Yanovich, University of Tübingen
  • Michelle Yuan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Maggie Zhang, Haverford College
  • Marina Zhukova, UC Santa Barbara
  • Ludi Yu, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School

Executive Committee Liaison: Rebecca Scarborough

Staff Liaison: Alyson Reed

More about the COGEL can be found at


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