Name Five Women in Philosophy: Bet You Can’t is great blog-article from NPR highlighting the terrible ratio of women in contemporary academic philosophy in the U.S. Go ahead and read it.
My favorite part is where it acknowledges the less-commented point, the play of “social and psychological factors.” Yes, the dearth of raw numbers of students and professors, or of well-known authors, is a point of frequent commentary.
However, a colleague of mine had a novel response. She said that said that she not only can name them, but knows them, and knows more than five within walking distance! Good point, Jessica, as I have heard this point made many times in the 10 years I have been in the field, but I have never heard that response! Why focus on the distant and not on the present and near?