The Latifeh Yarshater Award was instituted by the Persian Heritage Foundation to honor the memory of Latifeh Yarshater and her lifelong dedication to the improvement of Iranian women's human rights. The purpose of the award is to encourage scholarship in Iranian Studies focused on the condition of women in Persian speaking societies and to promote women's rights in these societies. Works published within two years prior to the forthcoming award at the Biennial August 2012 i.e. books published in 2010 and 2011, are eligible.
The 2012 Latifeh Yarshater Award recipients are: Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia for her book 'Words, not Swords. Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement'. Syracuse University Press, 2011 and Kamran Talattof, University of Arizona for his book 'Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran. The Life and Legacy of a Popular Female Artist'. Syracuse University Press, 2011.
Nominated work should cover one of the areas of women's studies related to Persian speaking societies and make a direct or indirect contribution to the improvement of the status of women in those societies. Works in English are the primary focus of the award. Persian, French, and German works are considered only exceptionally when there is unanimous agreement on their high merit.