A commenter on this post asks: “What advice would you give to get more women to *apply* to one’s program?” I thought I’d open up a new thread for this, in case our readers – as they so often do – have helpful and thoughtful suggestions.
I take it that the context of this question is one in which there is a shortage of women in philosophy for broad and systematic reasons. There is probably not much (or at least not much that’s sane and legal) that an individual department can do to suddenly attract an applicant pool that’s 65% female – though maybe I’m wrong about that. So I take it that the question is something like this: given that women already apply to philosophy grad programs in limited numbers, how can I make sure that as many of them as possible apply to my program? That is, how do I make my program seem as attractive as possible to potential women applicants?
My two cents – but I’m pretty out of my depth here – is this. Start by focusing on actually being a good place for women. Then make sure that you are open and public about the stuff that you do for women.
I’d be really curious to know whether departments who have been making efforts on both counts recently – Rutgers gives a good example here – have seen these efforts translate into greater numbers/percentages of female applicants.