The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching in women's and gender studies in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia and to the support of women scholars working in the field. Committed to the study of this region across disciplines, AWSS welcomes members from all areas of the humanities and social sciences. AWSS serves as a networking resource for scholars and teachers concerned with the problems, status, and achievements of women in the academic and related professions. The Association also seeks to improve the general public's understanding about women and gender in these regions.
In addition to its annual award competitions for outstanding publications and scholarly contributions in the field of women's and gender studies in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, AWSS supports graduate student research and provides small travel grants to conferences for scholars from the region.
AWSS is affiliated with the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).
Membership benefits include a subscription to the AWSS newsletter, Women East-West, and to its listserv, AWSS-L, which provides regular updates about publications, conferences, funding, jobs, and other important professional opportunities.