Judith Lorber

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Judith Lorber

Judith Lorber is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. degree from New York University in 1971 and began developing and teaching courses in women’s studies in 1972. She was the first Coordinator of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Women's Studies Certificate Program and was Founding Editor of Gender & Society, official publication of Sociologists for Women in Society.

She is the author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change, Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics, Paradoxes of Gender, and Women Physicians: Careers, Status and Power, as well as numerous articles on gender and on women as health care workers and patients. She is co-author of Gender and the Social Construction of Illness and Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives, and co-editor of the Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies, Revisioning Gender, and The Social Construction of Gender.[1]

Awards and achievements

Professor Lorber received the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Career Award in 1996 for “scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society.” She was President of the Eastern Sociological Society in 2001-2002, Chair of the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association in 1993, and President of Sociologists for Women in Society in 1981-82.

She has held several international visiting professorships. In 1992-1993, she had a Fulbright Award for lecturing at Bar Ilan University and for research in Israel. She was Guest Professor at Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland, in 1996. In 1997, she held the Marie Jahoda International Visiting Professorship of Feminist Studies at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. In the last few years, she has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Bar Ilan University and at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany.[2]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Judith Lorber was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[3]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985, Judith Lorber of New York was listed as a member of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[5]

Reproductive Rights and the Role of the Sate at Home and Abroad

DSA member

In 1990, Judith Lorber was a member of Democratic Socialists of America[6].

DSA Feminist Commission

In early 1999 a group of New York Democratic Socialists of America women, including Lynn Chancer, Judith Lorber, Rosamond March, and Tequila Minsky met at Ruth Spitz's apartment for the purpose of reconstituting the DSA Feminist Commission.[7]

The Feminist Commission was started in the early 1970s to explore theoretical issues and related action-oriented programs to move a strong socialist-feminist agenda in the U.S. We would like to revitalize this project of the American Left, which was a focus of activity after the merger between DSA's predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOQ and New American Movement (NAM).

The newly reformed Feminist Commission will be meeting in New York City on Sunday, March 26th to discuss future plans and activities.


  1. [1] Committee for Research on women/Gender bio, accessed July 10, 2010
  2. [2] Committee for Research on women/Gender bio, accessed July 10, 2010
  3. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  4. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  5. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  6. 8th Socialist Scholars Conference, April 6-8 1990, conference program
  7. DL Millenium issue, Part 2, 1999, page 13