Founded in 1986, the AJS Women's Caucus supports women in the profession and advances the study of gender within the Association for Jewish Studies and Jewish Studies. The Caucus welcomes people of all gender identities and sexual orientations as members.
The Women's Caucus sponsors sessions on gender, pedagogy, and other professional topics at the yearly AJS conference. We offer a number of competitive grants such as book subventions, paper prizes, a mentoring program for emerging woman scholars, and travel grants for graduate students. The Caucus also publishes gender-inclusive and women's studies syllabi in Jewish Studies on its website.
The Women’s Caucus holds an annual conference breakfast, usually on Monday mornings. Here, graduate students, junior and senior scholars meet, network, and share recently published work in gender as well as information on relevant conferences and fellowships.
Established at a time when feminist concerns and scholarship on gender were marginalized within the field of Jewish Studies, the Women's Caucus has brought these issues to greater prominence within the Association for Jewish Studies and the larger scholarly community.