Summer 2023 Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop at ASA Annual Meeting

Register now for the 22nd semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations writing workshop at the ASA annual meeting (Thurs, August 17th) by signing up here:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 22nd semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop is back to its in-person format this summer from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, August 17, 2023 â€“ the day of pre-conference activities for the ASA annual meeting in Philadelphia. Originally a workgroup of sociologists studying gender and academic careers, scientific organizations, and organizational transformations to promote gender equality, the workshop has grown to now include scholars of gender, professions, and organizations more broadly. Our aims are to learn about the range of work of attendees, facilitate collaboration, build community across career stages, and MOST IMPORTANTLY to dedicate time for writing. This is an opportunity to write, network, and collaborate. We encourage new and returning participants. If you’ve never come, welcome, and if you have, welcome back! 

As a group, we will discuss our current research projects. This exercise provides useful information to explore potential collaborations throughout the day. There will be designated blocks of independent, quiet writing time. You may use this time any way you wish: brainstorm a new paper, put finishing touches on a manuscript, work with collaborators, or analyze data. There will be separate, designated spaces for conversations around research and collaboration.

 The full-day workshop is organized as two standalone sessions, each with time for introductions and time for writing. We will take a lunch break in between the two sessions at a nearby restaurant. At the end of the day, we come together for a discussion of what we have accomplished and our future plans. Participants are welcome to join for the morning, afternoon, or both. We will make a reservation for lunch (self-paid) for all who wish to join. 

Anyone attending ASA is welcome to join the workshop; however space is limited. We will start a waitlist based on registration order if necessary. The workshop begins early on the 17th, so we recommend arriving in Philadelphia on the 16th.

 Your ASA meeting fee will cover the room cost for the workshop. Participants should bring their own laptop computers (and maybe an extension cord) and snacks to share, as we do not have extra funding. 

 Please contact one of the current co-organizers with any questions. Register by August 1st, using this form


Summer 2023 GPO organizing team

Sharla Alegria (, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto)
Melissa Abad (, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford VMWare Women’s Leadership Lab)
Ethel Mickey (, Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino)
Elizabeta Shifrin (, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Former organizers: Rodica Lisnic, Kathrin Zippel, Laura Kramer, Christina Falci, Laura Hirshfield, Julia McQuillan, and Enobong Hannah (Anna) Branch, Shauna Morimoto, Firuzeh Shokooh Valle

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