Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology

COGEA Member Job Description

Objectives:Monitor the status of women in the discipline and the American Anthropological Association advise the Executive Board on the status of women in the discipline and the Association to educate members.
Duration of Committee: Permanent; The AAA Association Operations Committee will review each committee advisory to the Board at least once in five years.
Committee Reports to: The Executive Board
1. Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
2. Pursue greater parity for women in the discipline by means of:
a. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect the diverse women in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
b. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association's members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
c. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN. 3. Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities. 4. Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association's long range planning process on issues of gender parity.
Membership and Appointment: 9 member committee including the Chair
3 year terms
Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:
Practicing/professional anthropologist
A graduate student anthropologist
As well as 5 undesignated seats
President and President-elect serve ex-officio
Chair is by the Committee from within the Committee
Product: An annual program report and other periodic reports shall be submitted to the Executive Board. A summary of each regular meeting of the committee is published in the AN. As an AAA committee, the Committee sponsors a regular session and conduct a special forum during each Annual Meeting. Occasional additional meetings, workshops or conferences on important issues may be convened as necessary.
Meetings and Schedule:Two meetings are held each year: one during the late winter/early Spring and another during the Annual Meeting of the Association.
Staff Liaison and contact information: Suzanne Mattingly, Controller, American Anthropological Association, 2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201, 703/528-1902, fax 703/528-3546