UPDATE: THIS POLL IS NOW CLOSED. RESULTS TO BE POSTED SHORTLY.
Update: An apology to Bakka, with whom the poll suggestion originated– hard to keep track of it all sometimes!
In our discussions of all-male conferences, people frequently note the women they’ve invited decline invitations at a higher rate than the men do. Following up on a suggestion from Bakka, Ingrid and Catarina, we think it would be useful to investigate what sorts of constraints may be preventing women from accepting conference invitations. The options we’ve given here are based on our own experiences, those of other women we know, and some of the stories recounted at the What is it Like blog. Since we don’t know whether it’s actually true that women reject invitations at a high rate, we’ve also included an “I’ve never rejected an invitation” option. Next week, we’ll do a post with the results, reflecting on what they tell us about things conference organisers or the profession more generally could do to make women more able to accept invitations.
If you are a woman with a job in philosophy can you take a minute to fill out this poll?