E.J. Graff, 1996 Award Winner

Since winning the Margolis Award in 1996, E.J. Graff has continued to garner accolades and recognition for her writing on the issues of women and children, marriage and family, and gender and sexuality. In the same year she received the Margolis Award, the Massachusetts Cultural Council bestowed on Graff its Award for Fiction, which carried a $7,500 honorarium. In 1997, she was named a 1997-1998 Visiting Scholar at Radcliffe College's Schlesinger Library, after which she was a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law & Journalism at Harvard University Law School.

Since 2001, Graff has been a resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.


Graff's other awards have included the 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award in Journalism for Best in Magazine Investigative Reporting, the 2008 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and a 2001 The Nation Institute Investigative Fund Research Award grant.

Graff is a regular columnist at The American Prospect (web and print) a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and a board member at the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS).

Graff's first book, What Is Marriage For?, an exploration of the forces that have shaped our century's sexual and family life, was published in 1998 by Beacon Press and reissued in 2004, when Massachusetts opened marriage’s doors to same-sex couples. More recently, Graff collaborated on former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy’s book Getting Even: Why Women Still Don't Make As Much As Men--And What To Do So We Will, published by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone in October 2005. The book exposed the fact that the gender wage gap has remained steady for more than a decade and that much of the gap is due to illegal discrimination.


For several years, as the associate director and senior researcher at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, Graff researched and published award-winning investigations into fraud and corruption in international adoption. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Democracy Journal, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic, Slate.com, The Village Voice, The Women’s Review of Books, and dozens of anthologies.

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