Data on Women in Philosophy

Women in the Profession: A Report to the CSW, with field-specific data in 2011 'Update'

Kathryn Norlock, 2006

Note that the widely quoted "Table 256" is from the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF), a publication of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). At her Central APA presentation in February 2012, Dr. Carolyn Fuqua of the NORC praised the NSOPF as the "gold standard" for data on statistical information on education. Dr. Fuqua presented data there on women in the humanities, available at Humanities Indicators. The Humanities Indicators projects in the fall of 2012 will begin a new "Departmental Survey" gathering data on fields including Philosophy, and detailed information with respect to the faculty and students. See the Humanities Departmental Survey on their site for the varieties of information they provide for other fields!

Quantifying the Gender Gap: An Empirical Study of the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy, Hypatia 27,4

Molly Paxton, Carrie Figdor, Valerie Tiberius, November, 2012

The lack of gender parity in philosophy has garnered serious attention recently. Previous empirical work that aims to quantify what has come to be called “the gender gap” in philosophy focuses mainly on the absence of women in philosophy faculty and graduate programs. Our study looks at gender representation in philosophy among undergraduate students, undergraduate majors, graduate students, and faculty. Our findings are consistent with what other studies have found about women faculty in philosophy, but we were able to add two pieces of new information. First, the biggest drop in the proportion of women in philosophy occurs between students enrolled in introductory philosophy classes and philosophy majors. Second, this drop is mitigated by the presence of more women philosophy faculty.

Data on Women in the APA Pacific Division Meetings

Program Review Report [Gender Composition], 2004-2011

Executive Committee, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division

APA Pacific Division Meeting Reports, 2012


Gender Demographics

Program Gender Representation Data

Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty at 98 U.S. Doctoral Programs in Philosophy

Julie Van Camp, 2011

Percentage of Ph.Ds awarded in the U.S. to Women in 2009, Selected Disciplines (includes philosophy)

Kieran Healy

Improving the Participation of Women in the Philosophy Profession [Australia]

Eliza Goddard, May 2008

On behalf of Dodds, Sue, Burns, Lynda, Colyvan, Mark, Jackson, Frank, Jones, Karen, and Mackenzie, Catriona

Executive Summary

Report A: Staffing by Gender in Philosophy Programs in Australian Universities

Report B: Appointments by Gender in Philosophy Programs in Australian Universities

Report C: Students by Gender in Philosophy Programs in Australian Universities