Progress, step by step

Some days one could feel optimistic:

Karen Bass Elected First Black Woman Speaker of California Assembly

The California State Assembly unanimously elected Karen Bass as the new Assembly Speaker last week. Bass is the first African American and the first women to hold the position. She has served in the California state legislature since 2004 and was the Assembly Majority leader before winning the Speaker position.

An active feminist, Bass is expected to be a strong advocate for education and healthcare, reports the Santa Monica Mirror. She has served as a trustee for Santa Monica’s New Roads School, and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

From Ms., feminist wire newsbriefs.

APA: Feminist Philosophy Reception

Ásta Sveinsdóttir has just alerted us to this very enjoyable sounding event, to be held at the Pacific APA:

 The Bay Area Feminism and Philosophy Workshop (BayFAP) and the Pacific Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (P-SWIP) invite you to a reception for feminists and their friends: Friday, March 21, 5:30-7:00 pmSanta Rosa Room, Pasadena Hilton HotelPlease stop by for conversation, light nibbles, and a drink (cash bar).  A  similar gathering held during the Pacific APA in San Francisco was a great success.  We are hoping to make it a tradition by repeating it this year.   This event is made possible by the generous support of the University of San Francisco, P-SWIP, and Mills College.We hope to see you there! Jackie Taylor BayFAP, University of San Francisco; Ásta Sveinsdóttir BayFAP, San Francisco State University; Shelley Wilcox BayFAP, San Francisco State University and Temple University; Chris Bellon P-SWIP, CSU Sacramento; Amy Coplan P-SWIP, CSU Fullerton.

UNESCO’s International Network of Women Philosophers

This organization, you’ll see at the site  linked to below,  is concerned with some problems that are dear to the hearts of many readers here, such as the fact that women have little presence at philosophy meetings.

I’m not at all sure that it is at present a resource for our  readers, but it might represent an  exciting opportunity.  If  you have more knowledge of what is going on with the Network, please let us know.

(Many thanks to Calypso, who passed this on.)


International Network of Women Philosophers sponsored by UNESCO

UNESCO has the pleasure to announce the creation of the Website of the International Network of Women Philosophers, an information portal available to women philosophers throughout the world and to other friends of philosophy.

Dear Women Philosophers,
Dear All,
On the occasion of 8 March, International Women’s Day, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the website of the International Network of Women Philosophers sponsored by UNESCO is now available online at the following address: new information portal has been designed for the members of the Network, for women philosophers themselves, as well as for their friends, independent of gender or discipline.Its aim is to be useful and informative, but, above all, to create genuine links within the philosophical community at national, regional and international levels. It ails to provide you with full information regarding the Network, its founding members, its objectives, its structure. It also contains a directory of women philosophers working in different countries throughout the world and who now number more than 1200. We are very happy that they are the first users of this website.It is now then up to you to takes possession of this website, to enrich it, to share it, and to make it your own, with the constant objective of working in favour of the practice of philosophy by women.

The International Network of Women Philosophers sponsored by UNESCO is your own network. It belongs to you just as the future of philosophy belongs to youx.

We invite ou to use this new website to help make the primary mission that UNESCO’s Constitution exhorts us to engage in, that of intellectual and moral solidarity, into a tangible reality!

Have a nice visit!

Pierre Sané
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences

Moufida Goucha
Chief of the Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section