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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

E. J. Graff

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 that Ms. Graff was named the winner of our award, the Massachusetts Cultural Council gave her  its Award for Fiction, which carried a $7,500 honorarium. Then, 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, she has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. Her 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.

Currently, she is a regular columnist at The American Prospect for both the web and the print issues, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and a board member at the Journalism & Women Symposium, or JAWS.

Ms. Graff's work has continued to find an ever-wider audience. Her 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, E.J. 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, she researched and published award-winning investigations into fraud and corruption in international adoption.

Ms. Graff's 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.