Founded in 1970 in a small room near the boilers in the basement of Louisville’s Kentucky Hotel during a meeting of the Southern Historical Association (SHA), the SAWH supports the study of women’s history and the work of women historians. Given our long history with the SHA, the SAWH meets annually in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association. At each annual meeting of the SHA, the SAWH hosts several events including the Annual Address, Presidential Reception, and the Annual Member and Graduate Student Breakfast.
The SAWH awards several publication prizes and sponsors the Southern Conference on Women’s History every three years. SAWH members receive a thrice-yearly newsletter with conference announcements, calls for papers, and news about the organization and its members.