The Philosopher Queens

By Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting

A book about women in philosophy by women in philosophy

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

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Lisa Moresco
 Lisa Moresco says:

Hi,
I'm in Barcelona over most of the next year and would love to sponsor a Philosphy Talks. The post says transportation excluded. Would the cost of transportation be an expectation? Could you tell me if you plan on being in Barcelona over the next year or so, as I also live part time in San Francisco, CA so the schedule would be an issue. Btw, would you happen to be traveling to SF, CA over the summer where I could hold a Talk there and then? I have years of experience with event management so would love to offer this in my home. Many thanks! Lisa

posted 11th May 2019

Janet Cameron
 Janet Cameron says:

My Fifteen Women Philosophers was published in 2014, FIVE YEARS AGO, by decodedscience.org, and since decoded has recently folded, the rights reverted to me and the new edition in ebook EIGHTEEN AMAZING WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS (inc. 3 extra chapters) was independently published on Amazon in May 2019, swiftly followed by the paperback. During its first edition it appeared on several platforms, Amazon, Decodedscience.org, Smashwords, Goodreads. The editor of my monthly column has plugged it for me since inception. If you google me on Goodreads you can access all the editions with one click. I am not sure how you could not have found my work.
CHAPTER 1 HYPATIA
CHAPTER 2 MURASAKI SHIKIBU
CHAPTER 3 MARIE LE JARS DE GOURNAY
CHAPTER 4 MARY WOLLSTONECROFT
CHAPTER 5 SOJOURNER TRUTH
CHAPTER 6 ERNESTINE ROSE
CHAPTER 7 ADA LOVELACE
CHAPTER 8 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
CHAPTER 9 AYN RAND
CHAPTER 10 HANNAH ARENDT
CHAPTER 11 SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR
CHAPTER 12 SIMONE WEIL
CHAPTER 13 PHILIPPA FOOT
CHAPTER 14 ELIZABETH ANSCOMBE
CHAPTER 15 IRIS MURDOCH
CHAPTER 16 MARY WARNOCK
CHAPTER 17 MARY MIDGLEY
CHAPTER 18 MAR BEARD
This has all been a great deal of hard work and it's not easy self publishing either, once you have had your work published in the trdaditional way, as I had to do, after my publisher went out of business. This feels really bad and I hardly know how to deal with it. I had a post on FB a few weeks ago which I replied to, in a similar vein, but nobody is listening!
EIGHTEEN AMAZING WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS you should have hear about in school but probably didn't, (first edition published 2014. Credit for the catchy subtitle, my editor Victoria Nicks.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1072689596/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

posted 24th June 2019

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