The Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award is presented annually to a member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The 2018 Feminist Activism Award Winner is Jamaica Plain's Mindy Fried.
The following is from the Sociologists for Women in Society:
The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives.
Fried, M.S.W., Ph.D. is an applied sociologist with over 25 years of experience conducting research, teaching, and policy analysis on work and organizational issues. As Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners, Mindy works collaboratively with nonprofit organizations and foundations to help them build their capacity and strengthen their programs and policies. She has worked on a range of issues, including: grassroots and statewide organizing campaigns focused on employer abuse of immigrant workers; programs aimed at supporting nonprofit leaders of color; arts education programs that honor multiple intelligences of children; and work and family policies and programs that foster gender equity in the workplace.
Mindy is also the Co-Executive Director of Hoopla Productions, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that produces programing aimed
at building community - across the divides of race, class, culture and immigrant status - through the arts. That programming includes the very popular Jamaica Plain Porchfest.
Mindy has been a visiting professor at a number of Boston-based universities (e.g., MIT, Tufts, Brandeis), where she taught courses on Gender and Work, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Sex and Gender, Feminist Theory, and Aging. Most recently, she taught Evaluation Research in the Sociology Department at Boston College.
Her published books include "Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir" and "Taking Time: Parental Leave Policy and Corporate Culture." She blogged for six years at Mindy’s Muses and then joined the editorial board of Feminist Reflections. Her latest project is creating a new podcast on caregiving, called Who Cares? that launches fall 2018.
Mindy is described as not only a conventional academic sociologist but a scholar-activist who has demonstrated to all of us the feasibility of doing important social justice research outside the academy. As a scholaractivist,
Mindy’s work has not only focused on class, race and gender together, but has contributed to building explicit networks of understanding across differences. Mindy goes beyond conducting research, and works
with groups doing grassroots organizing and education. Many of the projects she has worked on are considered to be related to SWS’s interest in impacting women’s lives.