About the Award

The award was established by Dr. Mary Ellen Lane in honor of her late mother, Mary Turner Lane, who founded the women’s studies program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to championing women’s studies at UNC, Mary Turner Lane was interested in Arab women and served in Cairo as a consultant to the Egyptian Ministry of Education from 1978-81.

The purpose of this award is to generate awareness about the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University and the importance of conducting research in the field of gender and women studies.