Distinguished Woman Philosopher 2011 – Jennifer Saul‏

Via  Maeve M. O’Donovan, Executive Secretary, Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy:

The Society for Women in Philosophy is happy to announce that the winner of the 2011 Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award is Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield).

Jenny Saul has demonstrated courage and leadership, and she is leading feminists forward to new ways of thinking and connecting. We applaud Dr. Saul’s willingness to take a public stand against sexism everywhere, especially in our profession. She is one of the founders of and co-bloggers for Feminist Philosophers, an excellent, trans-continental forum for highlighting gender-bias in the academy. The Feminist Philosophers blog has become a wonderful example of collective feminist work that has led to other initiatives like the “Gendered Conference Campaign,” “What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy?” and “What are we Doing about What it is Like” message boards. Dr. Saul has also directed SWIP UK, helped to implement the ‘woman-friendly initiative award’ and will be co-chairing the SWIP/British Philosophical Association‘s Sub-Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. Her work on implicit bias has done much to bring in allies to the advancement of women in philosophy, including many who would not ordinarily consider themselves feminist. Her scholarship in Philosophy of Language is also most notable and there is much praise for her book, Feminism: Issues and Arguments. Dr. Saul has done a great deal to make all our lives better and, as both a mentor and scholar, her colleagues have found her to be most worthy of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award.

  • Rosemarie Tong, Mecklenburg County Medical Society Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics, Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, UNC Charlotte, co-chair, Distinguished Woman Philosopher Committee
  • Jennifer Scuro, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies (effective September 2011), Director, Women’s Studies Program, The College of New Rochelle,  co-chair, Distinguished Woman Philosopher Committee

24 thoughts on “Distinguished Woman Philosopher 2011 – Jennifer Saul‏

  1. I’m really stunned and deeply honoured by the award. I also feel incredibly lucky to be a part of such a fabulous community of feminist philosophers, without whom I wouldn’t have done any of what I’ve done. And, perhaps most of all, I feel thrilled (as always) at what this blog has grown into. When I started it, I basically thought it would be a more efficient way than email of passing on links that made me angry. But thanks to my fellow-bloggers, it became something much bigger. So I’d like to take this opportunity to call attention to the communal accomplishment that’s being recognised as a part of the award.

    Congratulations to the FP bloggers for making this a model of collective feminist work!!

  2. You make it easier to be a woman in philosophy, Jenny!

    For readers who are not entirely hip to the lay of the philosophical land, I provide the observation that the field of philosophy remains very male-dominated. SWIP has been recognizing the DWP of the Year for many years in a sexist context, and I see it as a way of shouting, “Women DO distinguish themselves in our field! This year we’re pointing to this one! Take note!”

    Recognizing you helps us all. You have my unending gratitude.

  3. Hurrah! And congratulations! I am delighted that all Jenny’s work is being recognised in this way! This is brilliant.

  4. Bravo!! Brilliant, wonderful news, Jenny. Your courage and tenacity is changing our world for the better!

  5. Congratulations, Jenny! This award is richly deserved. Philosophy is lucky to have you (and you’re the very best of philosophical neighbors — rock on, Yorkshire!)

  6. Oh, hooray hooray!!! This is *so* well-deserved. Let me add to the chorus of “congratulations!”, Jenny, and thank you for all of your encouragement and brilliant ideas. You *do* make it easier to be a woman in philosophy.

  7. It’s fantastic news – not just well-deserved but hard-earned. Many, many congratulations, Jenny!

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