Committee on Gender Equity

Established: 1969 (as the Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women); reconstituted in 1971 as the Committee on Women Historians; renamed the Committee on Gender Equity in 2017

Purpose: To advocate for and monitor women's and gender equity in the discipline, including recommending policies and best practices in that regard; to promote women's and gender history and the history of sexuality; and to foster an inclusive scholarship that challenges and transforms the practice of history, both substantively and methodologically.

Membership: 5 members, including one graduate student or early career professional. Members serve for three-year terms, with new members added on a staggered yearly basis. The committee meets twice a year by teleconference.

Assignment to Division: None. Reports on its work to the Council.


Sarah Ross, Boston Coll., chair
Ernesto Chavez, Univ. of Texas, El Paso
Lauren Henley, Univ. of Richmond
J. T. Roane, Rutgers Univ., Piscataway
Samantha Rosenthal, Roanoke Coll.


Debbie Ann Doyle, Director of Meetings