Publication Date

November 1, 2005

Perspectives Section


The Western Association of Women Historians, which was founded in 1969, joined the AHA in June 2005 as the 116th affiliated society. Drawing scholars from the Western states and now serving over 400 members, the WAWH is the largest of the regional women's historical associations in the United States.

The WAWH holds an annual spring conference for the presentation of scholarly work, new research, and the discussion of teaching methods, writing, and other issues of importance to women scholars. Sessions devoted to the work and interests of graduate students are encouraged. Four prizes are presented annually at the Awards Banquet. The 2006 conference will be held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. Deborah Gray White will deliver the keynote speech.

The WAWH encourages the participation of independent scholars and, in addition to academic historians, also welcomes literary scholars, art, theater, and film specialists. A directory of all members, with addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and research interests, appears every year. The association also publishes the Networker, a newsletter, which contains, apart from association news, articles and bibliographies. For details about the WAWH, visit

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