The National Council for Research on Women is delighted to announce the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award, a new initiative supported by a challenge grant that gives us all a meaningful way to celebrate and continue our late founder’s lifetime work.
Driven by personal experience, Mariam understood that supporting research and graduate scholarship paves the road to gender and economic equality. A child of working-class immigrant parents, Mariam depended on scholarships, loans, and a part-time job to become one of the few women to earn a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1950.
Mariam was determined to use her education and expertise to change the landscape for women. Her collective work to expose gender inequality and advance the rights of girls and women included directing millions to create women’s studies centers and research organizations during her tenure at the Ford Foundation and founding the National Council for Research on Women to network these groups.
Much has changed since Mariam’s college days. Today, women earn the majority of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. However, the problem of gender inequality persists. Women comprise only four percent of corporate CEOs and less than one-fifth of Congress, women continue to be disproportionately poor, and approximately one in four will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Funded in part by a generous matching grant from the Ford Foundation, the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award will help graduate students complete dissertations that deepen our understanding of these issues and lead us to gender equality.
You can be a part of this initiative and continue Mariam’s work to close the gender gap. By accepting the challenge match  and making as generous a gift as you can, your donation  will be matched dollar-for-dollar—up to $100,000 by the Ford Foundation. Your impact will be doubled when your $50 donation  becomes a $100 gift, $200  becomes a $400 gift, and $1,000  becomes a $2,000 gift.
We remember Mariam as a visionary because she was not afraid to tackle a problem that would take more than her lifetime to solve. Mariam’s belief that achieving gender equality required supporting future generations and their work is the heart of the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award. Your donation  will keep Mariam’s vision alive and drive us closer to a world in which girls and women can expect and experience equality and fairness.