“We’re so sorry! We didn’t mean to harm anyone!”

That is my fantasy of what Routledge might say when it is pointed out to them that their companion to ethics has 5.8% female authors (that is, 4 out of 68).

Does this hurt women in philosophy?  Let’s borrow a passage from the  gendered conference campaign and make some adjustments so it fits edited collections:

We’re trying to spread awareness of
the harm that this does, by perpetuating the invisibility of women in
philosophy and thereby feeding the implicit biases that make it more
difficult for women to be taken seriously as philosophers (or to take
themselves seriously). The absence or underrepresentation  of women in edited volumes is a near-regularity in our profession, and the psychological literature makes it very clear that– no matter what our conscious beliefs and intentions– we are all likely to continue to perpetuate this unless we deliberately take steps to overcome it. Making an extra effort not to overlook the contributions of women when editing a volume is one small but important step.

Thanks to JT.