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Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award

The Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award is presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the principles of Women and Gender Studies and helps to further the interests of women at TCU. The award recognizes faculty contributions both inside and outside of the classroom. Any faculty member who teaches a WGST-attribute course during the current academic year is eligible to be nominated for the award, however, award recipients from previous years are not eligible for subsequent nominations.

Procedure: The WGST Awards Committee solicits nominations for the award in Spring semesters. Any student enrolled in a WGST class (undergraduate or graduate) in summer, fall, or spring semesters of a given academic year may nominate a candidate. Once all nominations are in, a survey will be sent out to all students in the WGST program to vote for a winner based on the nominating statements of the students in their classes. The winner is announced at the annual Garden Party.

Current Winner


2017-2018: Margaret Lowry

Dr. Lowry is Lecturer for the Women & Gender Studies Program and has taught the Introductory course numerous times, has mentored graduate student co-teachers, and has helped coordinate the WGST Internship program. The WGST program is proud to call Margaret Lowry the new Wise Woman Award winner. Below is just one of ten nominating statements from her students.

Dr. Lowry is the reason I am proud to be a feminist. Not only has she introduced me to all the great theorists and ideas, but she is actively working to find internships for the students in the WGST program, myself included.

Previous Winners

2017-18: Rima Abunasser

2016-17Jacqueline Lambiase

2015-16: Hanan Hammad

2014-15: Layne Craig

2013-14: Ariane Balizet & Carrie Leverenz

2012-13: Elizabeth Flowers

2011-12: Rebecca Sharpless

2010-11: Lisa Vanderlinden

2009-10: Theresa Gaul

2008-09: Bonnie Blackwell

2007-08: Karen Steele