The Ann Early Award is given every year to a Women's and Gender Studies
minor in recognition of academic achievement in the minor and service
to the program. The award is given in honor of Ann Early, who directed
SMU's Women's Studies Program in the 1980s. Professor Early was
instrumental in introducing the study of women into the SMU curriculum
in the late 1960s, when challenges to male bias in academe (and in
life) were still considered revolutionary, and were potentially ruinous
to the careers of female scholars.