I’m later to this than I should be (in fact, I keep worrying I may have already blogged on it!), but far better late than never. The Australasian Association of Philosophy has put together an enormously impressive, very thorough report on the state of women in Australasian philosophy. But there’s more going on than just the report. There’s the fact that the committee behind it included not just women philosophers, but men, including very senior men. There’s the fact that *every* Australasian Head of Department has formally committed to supporting it. And there’s the fact that there was funding from the AAP and a University of Wollongong grant to support it. This sort of widespread institutional support is a rarity in efforts of behalf of women in philosophy, but it really shouldn’t be.
Anyway, it’s well worth a look. You might start with the executive summary. It’s apparently going to be discussed at a department meeting of every Australasian philosophy department (recommendation 8, on page 14). Just this level of engagement with the issues is an amazing thing, and hopefully it (and the other recommendations) will have a significant effect. (Thanks, Rae!)