Sexism in Academia

The New York Times ran an article addressing a case of sexual harassment involving a well-respected professor of philosophy who was forced to resign.  The article goes on to discuss a general problem regarding marginalization of women within philosophy in terms of citation, presentations in conferences, and academic assessment.  This provides food for thought within law studies as well.  Here is an excerpt:

“In 2011, the blog Feminist Philosophers began the Gendered Conference Campaign, a project that tracks all-male conference lineups. (One recent example: “Being a Human Being, Being a Person,” held last month at the University of Oxford.)

In July, after the sociologist Kieran Healy published a study showing that women made up less than 4 percent of top citations in leading philosophy journals since 1992, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy sent out an e-mail asking contributors to make sure that entries do not cite work by white men on a given topic while ignoring prior contributions by women and other underrepresented groups.

Such “citation blindness,” scholars say, may be less a result of overt discrimination than of implicit bias, a phenomenon that has generated a rich literature in psychology, but that philosophers are only beginning to study.”

The full article is available here:


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