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Virginia's Purse Award


$250.00 to be presented to a Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies major or Human Sexuality major at the annual WGSS banquet.

Virginia Purse

‘If only [women] had left their money, like their fathers and their grandfathers before them, to found fellowships and lectureships and prizes and scholarships appropriated to the use of their own sex, we might have...looked forward...to a pleasant and honourable lifetime spent in the shelter of one of the liberally endowed professions. We might have been sitting contemplative on the steps of the Parthenon, or going at ten to an office and coming home...to write a little poetry...’
- from: A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf


Nominee must be currently enrolled as a WGSS major or Human Sexuality major at KU with junior or senior standing.


Nominations for this award may be self-nominations or nominations from WGSS faculty and instructors.

To apply, send the following application materials to Amara Simons at wgss@ku.edu by Friday, April 30, 2022:

  • A cover sheet that includes nominee's name, KUID, email address, and telephone phone number
  • A short statement (1-2 pages typed, double-spaced) that discusses nominee's activism, scholarship, and/or leadership in women's and gender issues.

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