I was reminded yesterday of Virginia Valian’s Gender Tutorials at a Hunter College web site. All of them are worth going through; the second and third are especially imporant for understanding gender schemas and their effects, even effects on how one judges oneself.
The 4th tutorial is about what you – students – can do. I don’t think it is all right. For one thing, she starts out by telling you that you’ll encounter a receptive environment if you suggest changes. Well, maybe in the sciences (tho’Mr JJ says “no”), but philosophy is thousands of years old, and I can tell you, a lot of people do not like new ideas. BUT there are some useful ideas about trying to improve the environment. For example, TAs can ask the professor to introduce them to students in a way that increases confidence all around. Just the presence of more women helps, so you can ask that women be invited to give talks. (She doesn’t say this, but I’d have some names in mind, and maybe even a list with some accomplishments mentioned.)
There are more ideas. So see what you think!