The prestigious award recognizes scholarly work that has broadened the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. Established in 1976, the award was named for sociologist Jessie Bernard, a noted feminist scholar whose work helped to inspire the incorporation of women and gender into sociological theories and research.
Williams is a leading scholar of gender and sexuality in the workplace. She has authored several articles and award-winning books including “Inside Toyland,” “Gender Differences at Work,” and “Still a Man’s World.” In addition to her scholarly research, she serves as a mentor to sociology’s newest leaders, co-authoring manuscripts with students, providing junior scholars significant professional opportunities, and championing first-time authors.
The award will be presented to Williams at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in August.