Tuesday, 7 May 2019
The Philosopher Queens: The Representation of Women Philosophers
Today we’re very excited to be speaking at the University of Bristol about The Philosopher Queens and the representation of women in philosophy. The first half of the talk looks at data on women and minorities in philosophy, so we thought we would share with you some of the shocking statistics that we found!
- In the UK women make up only 29.7% of academic staff in philosophy. That’s less than all non-STEM subjects including economics. It’s even lower than women in parliament which is 32%.
- In the US around 17% of full-time philosopher professors are women and only 1% are Black.
- Even though women make up around 29% of academic staff, a recent study found that only 15% of publications in the top 25 philosophy journals are by women.
- Another study found that 6.3% of all citations in the 500 most-cited articles in four journals belong to the philosopher David Lewis alone—this was twice the number of citations that all women received in the same 500 most-cited articles from those four journals.
We created The Philosopher Queens, in part, to help young women believe that they could be philosophers too. But obviously, this can’t all be accomplished with just one book. There’s a really long way to go for women and minorities in philosophy. We hope The Philosopher Queens is just one way of showing why women are so important in the history of our discipline.
If you’d like us to speak at your University or school, check out the ‘Talk’ pledge on our Unbound page. If you’re from a state school, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss alternative arrangements.
Rebecca & Lisa