It’s never easy to get a job in philosophy, and it’s even harder in feminist philosophy. But right now it’s even worse. When a department finally gets a position released, they know they might not get another for years. And it is likely to seem rational to be as risk-averse as possible, hiring someone sure to be taken seriously. A rational department, even one that is not itself hostile to feminist philosophy, will be aware that feminist philosophy is often not taken seriously. So it will seem rational to hire someone who works in a more mainstream area.
Questions: What can we do to combat this? What can feminist philosophers on the job market do to be taken seriously? And what can those of us who have permanent jobs do to convince our colleagues that it makes sense to take what they will see as a risk and hire someone who works in feminist philosophy?