To join the Status of Women in Linguistics Committee, email David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings.


Established in 1974.


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 

  • Melissa Baese-Berk, University of Oregon, Chair
  • Lauren Ackerman, Newcastle University
  • Sunny Ananth, University of Texas at Austin
  • Athulya Aravind, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rebekah Baglini, Stanford University
  • Elise Bell, University of Arizona
  • Ellen Broselow, Stony Brook University
  • Heather Burnett, CNRS-University of Paris, Diderot
  • Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, The Ohio State University
  • Alicia Chatten, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Meghan Clayards, McGill University
  • September Cowley, University of California, San Diego
  • Samantha Creel, University of Florida
  • Megan Crowhurst, University of Texas at Austin
  • Paola Cépeda, Stony Brook University
  • Marianna Di Paolo, University of Utah
  • Katharine Donelson, University at Buffalo
  • Laura Jo Downing, Goteborgs Universitet
  • Caitlin Moriah Green, University of California, Davis
  • Hadas Kotek, Apple Inc.
  • Ivona Kucerova, McMaster University
  • Mary Catherine Lavissière, University of Paris, Sorbonne
  • Sara Lundquist, University of Wisconsin
  • Monica Macaulay, University of Wisconsin
  • Miranda McCarvel, University of Utah
  • Gretchen McCulloch,  All Things Linguistic
  • Kevin McGowan, University of Kentucky
  • Mythili Menon, Wichita State University
  • Maura O'Leary, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Katharina Pabst, University of Toronto
  • Evelyn Pulkowski, University of Iowa
  • Kathryn Remlinger, Grand Valley State University
  • Jessica Rett, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Katherine Simeon, Northwestern University
  • Milena Sisovics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Carly Sommerlot, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Kristen Syrett, Rutgers University
  • Margaret Thomas, Boston College
  • Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, University of Arizona
  • Natalie Weber, University of British Columbia
  • Christine Weissglass, Florida State University
  • Melissa Wright, Northern Illinois University
  • Susi Wurmbrand, University of Connecticut
  • Igor Yanovich, University of Tübingen
  • Michelle Yuan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Executive Committee Liaison: Rebecca Scarborough

Staff Liaison: Alyson ReedMore about the COSWL


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