Juliet Williams and Abigail Saguy, professors in the department of gender studies at UCLA, have received a three-year, $325,000 award from the Law and Social Science and Sociology programs of the National Science Foundation to conduct a study examining the concept of gender neutrality in U.S. law and activism.

This study is the first to systematically examine how gender neutrality has been defined by activists and what the principle of gender neutrality has accomplished in the law. Using a research design that draws on quantitative and qualitative analyses of news media reports, court cases, and in-depth interviews, the project analyzes data from a variety of institutional settings, popular media coverage and political actors.

Williams is also chair of the social science interdepartmental program at UCLA and Saguy is also a professor of sociology. Both professors pursue research interests involving gender and the law.