Advancing Women in Philosophy

BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme

The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) have launched their Good Practice Scheme. The scheme aims to assist UK Philosophy Departments, learned societies and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy.

Philosophical Spaces: Answering questions about how to improve the professional environment of philosophy (blog)

What We're Doing About What It's Like: Making Things Better for Women in Philosophy: Blog

Minorities in Philosophy (MAP): Map for the Gap

The Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University Climate Website - users report finding their instruments and questionnaires very helpful.

New York Times Opinionator, The Stone, Five Commentaries on Women in Philosophy, September 2-6, 2013

Sally Haslanger, Linda Martín Alcoff, Rae Langton, Louise Antony, and Peg O'Connor

NPR, Name Five Women in Philosophy. Bet You Can't, June 17, 2013

Tania Lombrozo

Hypatia - Virtual Issue: Essays on the Place of Women in the Profession

Edited by Ann E. Cudd

This virtual issue brings together essays published by Hypatia over a twenty year timespan that address the question of women’s place in the profession of philosophy. It includes essays about women in the history of philosophy, empirical studies of the representation of women at various career stages in careers in philosophy, analytical essays about why women, including specifically women of color, are not reaching parity with white men in the profession, and essays and reports about what women are doing to change the representation of women in philosophy. The issue highlights the efforts that women have made through the centuries and in the pages of this Journal to demand a place for women as philosophers. Read the full introduction here.

I. Women in philosophy in historical perspective

Charlene Haddock Seigfried, 1895 Letter from Harvard Philosophy Department" 8.2 (1993)

Eileen O'Neill, "Early Modern Women Philosophers and the History of Philosophy" 20.3 (2005)

Dorothy Rogers, "The Other Philosophy Club: America’s First Academic Women Philosophers" 24.2 (2009)

Marije Altorf, "After Cursing the Library: Iris Murdoch and the Invisibility of Women in Philosophy" 26.2 (2011)

II. Contemporary analysis of gender exclusion

Alison Wylie, "Women in Philosophy: The Costs of Exclusion -- Editor's Introduction" 26.2 (2011)

Sara Ruddick, " Review of Alcoff, Singing in the Fire" 21.2 (2006)

Sally Haslanger, "Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason Alone" 23.2 (2008)

Cheshire Calhoun, "The Undergraduate Pipeline Problem" 24.2 (2009)

Molly J. Paxton, Carrie Figdor, and Valerie Tiberius, "Quantifying the Gender Gap: An Empirical Study of the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy" 27.4 (2012)

III. Analysis of Race & Gender exclusion

Kristie Dotson, "Concrete Flowers: Contemplating the Profession of Philosophy" 26.2 (2011)

George Yancy, "Introduction: Situated Voices: Black Women in/on the Profession of Philosophy" 23.2 (2008)

George Yancy,, "Situated Voices: Black Women in/on the Profession of Philosophy" 23.2 (2008)

Lauren Freeman, "Review of Yancy, The Center Must not Hold" 26.2 (2011)

IV. Positive proposals for change: what we are doing about it

Virginia Valian, "Beyond Gender Schemas: Improving the Advancement of Women in Academia" 20.3 (2005)

Kathryn T. Gines, "Being a Black Woman Philosopher: Reflections on Founding the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers" 26.2 (2011)

Louise Antony and Ann Cudd, "The Mentoring Project" 27.2 (2012)

Jacqui Poltera, "Women and the Ethos of Philosophy: Shedding Light on Mentoring and Competition" 26.2 (2011)

Implicit Bias and Philosophy Project: Recommended Reading

Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography

Evaluation and Unconscious Bias: ADVANCE Annotated Bibliography

Stereotype Threat: The Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University Climate Website

What is Stereotype Threat?



Counteracting Stereotype Threat

Philosophical Implications of Stereotype Threat

Further Information

Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Philosophy: Paper by Jennifer Saul

Addressing Sexual Harassment: "Stop Thinking (So Much) about 'Sexual Harassment'", Paper by Jennifer Saul.

Women in Philosophy, The Philosopher's Magazine: Article by Jennifer Saul

Gender Bias Patterns: Gender Bias Learning Project at UC Hastings College of the Law

Prove it Again!

Double Bind

Maternal Wall

Gender Wars

Increasing Numbers of Women Undergraduate Majors: Lessons from STEM fields

"Retaining Undergraduate Women in Science, Math, and Engineering: A Model Program", Paper by Carol B. Muller and Mary L. Pavone

"What Works for Women in Undergraduate Physics?" A paper by Barbara Whitten, Suzanne R. Foster, and Margaret L. Duncombe

"Unlocking the Clubhouse: The Carnegie Mellon Experience" A paper by Allan Fisher and Jane Margolis

Do Babies Matter? Project by Mary Ann Mason, UC Berkeley, School of Law

Why Babies Matter in Academia

How to Change Workplace Cultures on Parenting

Keeping Women in the Academic Pipeline

Role Models and Mentors