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WGS Awards

Lucy Stone Award for Outstanding Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

Sworden with awardThe Lucy Stone Award for Outstanding Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies was developed in the 2008-2009 academic year. The award is named after a prominent abolitionist and female suffragist in the United States. Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She helped organize the first National Women’s Rights Convention. Called “the orator” and “the morning star of the woman’s rights movement,” Stone published her radical views in the Woman’s Journal and delivered a speech that sparked Susan B. Anthony to take up the cause of women’s suffrage. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote, “Lucy Stone was the first person by whom the heart of the American public was deeply stirred on the woman question." Stone was also the first American woman to revert to her maiden name after marriage.

  • 2014 Winner: Chase Moery for his well-rounded scholarly profile, which included bold reflection papers in a variety of WGS courses, an internship as Bodies of Knowledge symposium organizer and a multi-semester commitment to community outreach with Girls on the Run. Chase was also a founding member of Triota.
  • 2013 Winner: Samantha Swordenfor her three-semester project on beauty culture and feminist disability studies.
  • 2011 Winner: Beth Tevault for her scholarly research on representations of madness in the Victorian novel.
  • 2010 Winner: AJ Jones for his scholarly project on the politics of diversity on university campuses.
  • 2009 Winner: Lindsay Harris for her research and presentation on bisexual epistemology at an international feminist philosophy conference.
  • 2008 Winner: Andrea Miller for consistently producing graduate school level work throughout her undergraduate career at USC Upstate.
Emma Goldman Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Major with an Emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Emma Goldman Award was developed in the 2008-2009 academic year to reward high achievement in IDS/WGS. The award is named after a famous Marxist feminist activist who developed a philosophy of feminist anarchism, a political philosophy that foregrounds individual and collective will over the will of the government. Emma Goldman (1869-1940) is known for her vitality and charisma and was admired by her allies for being a radical free-thinker.  

These characteristics reflect the independent spirit that leads some of our USC Upstate students to create a major of their own – in the absence of a Women’s and Gender Studies major – by majoring in IDS with a WGS concentration.

  • 2011 Winner: Sarah Wilson for her scholarly research in queer/feminist theories of (trans)sexuality.
  • 2009 Winner: Andrea Miller for her scholarly research in Marxist feminism and critical race theory.

Our Director

Lisa Johnson, Ph.D.
Office: CASB 124
Phone: 864-503-5724
Email: mjohnson@uscupstate.edu 

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USC Upstate
Center for Women's and Gender Studies
CASB 120
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5926
Fax: 864-503-5351