How to Hire More Women for Technical Jobs

A new reports says women are just as likely as men to be hired for technical posts as long as they are in the applicant pool in the first place. The report, “Solutions to Recruit Technical Women,” recommends that companies include at least one viable female candidate for every position it tries to fill.

“Nouns and adjectives associated with male stereotypes, like “assertive,” “driven” and even “coding ninja,” can signal to women that a company isn’t open to hiring them for technical roles. Instead, the report suggests using less subjective language that focuses on “measurable and quantifiable criteria.””

More here.


This article is all the rage among my Facebook friends. Sounds interesting! If only I had time to read.

Although research indicates that single parenting is not by itself worse for children than their being brought up by both their parents, there are reasons why it is better for children to have more than one committed parent. If having two committed parents is better, everything else being equal, than having just one, I argue that it might be even better for children to have three committed parents. There might, in addition, be further reasons why allowing triparenting would benefit children and adults, at least in some cases. Whether or not triparenting is on the whole preferable to bi- or monoparenting, it does have certain advantages (as well as shortcomings) which, at the very least, warrant its inclusion in debates over the sorts of family structures we should allow in our societies, and how many people should be accepted in them. This paper has the modest aim of scratching the surface of this wider topic by challenging the necessity of the max-two-parents framework.

CFP: Formal Epistemology

Call for Papers
Fifth and Final Formal Epistemology Festival
Toronto, June 3-5, 2013
Organized by Rachael Briggs (ANU), Kenny Easwaran (USC), Jonathan Weisberg (Toronto), and Franz Huber (Konstanz/Toronto).

Speakers include Lara Buchak (Berkeley), Anna-Sara Malmgren (Stanford), Jennifer Nagel (Toronto), Carolina Sartorio (Arizona), and some of the organizers.

There are up to 6 slots available for contributed papers.
Please submit full papers prepared for anonymous review to: formal.epistemology AT
Deadline for submissions: September 22, 2012
Notification of acceptance: December 31, 2012
Speakers will be partially reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses.

Might I also note: Wow, 4 female invited speakers on formal epistemology!

The Sunday cat understands lions can be lovers

They could eat you up!

What is going on? According to the Daily Record:

Scots bank worker Douglas Hamilton has become an internet sensation after posting footage online of his encounters with lion cubs on a wildlife park in South Africa.
Fans all over the world have watched the film ….
American singer Taylor loved Douglas’s short movie so much that she watched it three times in one week.
And after she raved about the footage during an interview, thousands more people have logged on to see it.
Taylor said: “It makes me so happy.
“It’s got these five or six lion cubs and they jump up on the lion trainer and start hugging him. They love him so much.”
Douglas, from Glasgow’s south side, worked with the wild cubs for two months at the Port Elizabeth Seaview Lion Park.
The 27-year-old, who is now with Barclays bank, said “Nothing happened when I first posted the film.
“But all of a sudden, it had 30,000 hits and that jumped to 70,000 and beyond. Then someone told me that Taylor Swift had started talking about it.”
Douglas said of his experience with the lions: “It was unbelievable. The animals roam free and your cabin is twenty feet away.”

Three times in one week! Omigod, maybe academics do tend to have ocd!

Kripke resigns– faked thought experiments


Saul Kripke resigned yesterday from his position as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. While similar allegations have been circulating in unpublished form for years, a team of philosophers from Oxford University has just released a damning report claiming that they were systematically unable to reproduce the results of thought experiments reported by Kripke in his groundbreaking Naming and Necessity. The team, led by Timothy Williamson, first became suspicious of Naming and Necessity after preliminary results raised questions about related work by Hilary Putnam.

Distinguished Woman Philosopher: Call for Nominations

The Society for Women in Philosophy kindly asks for nominations for the Distinguished Woman Philosopher of 2012.

Nominations deadline: March 31st, 2012.

Each year the Society for Women in Philosophy comes together to honor a woman philosopher whose contributions to the support of women in philosophy and to philosophy itself are outstanding and merit special recognition. A panel and reception celebrating the honoree’s accomplishments will be organized for the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Dec. 27-30, 2012.

Nominees do not need to work or live in the United States to qualify.

Nominations should include: (1) a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita, (2) a minimum of two supporting letters, by SWIP members in good standing, which summarize the nominee’s contributions to philosophy and support of women in philosophy. At least two-thirds of letter writers for any nomination must be members of a division of the society for women in philosophy, in good standing. To join or renew membership see links on:

Please e-mail all nominations to Maeve O’Donovan, ESWIP Executive Secretary, modonovan AT, no later than Thursday, March 31, 2012

Not true: Job-seekers required to work as prostitutes

Many thanks to the readers who let me know this wasn’t true. Embarrassing that I didn’t realise it, but then how implausible is it really when in the UK disabled people may soon be required to work for free in order to receive disability benefits? And jobseekers have already been required to work for free at Tesco? It’s getting harder and harder to tell reality from hoax these days. Still, I do apologise.

A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.
Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

For more, go here.

Early Modern Mentoring Workshop

The Hume Society is pleased to announce a mentoring workshop for early career women in Hume studies or related areas of early modern philosophy. The workshop will be held at the Hotel Alma, the conference hotel for this year’s International Hume Conference in Calgary on the afternoon of July 17th (the day before the conference begins). The workshop will have two components: a writing workshop with papers circulated in advance, and a practical session devoted to strategies for securing and retaining employment in academia. Work for the writing workshop should be a complete paper (something you are preparing for publication or a conference) or chapter (book or dissertation). Senior women Hume scholars will facilitate both sessions. The workshop is open to women members of the Hume Society or women registrants for the Hume Conference. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jacqueline Taylor (jtaylor2 AT by March 20th, 2012, so that appropriate meeting room space can be reserved. If you plan to submit work for the writing workshop, paper/chapter drafts should be sent to Jacqueline Taylor by June 15th, 2012. Papers will be pre-circulated to all participants, mentors and early career women scholars. Further information on the 2012 Hume conference in Calgary can be accessed on the Society’s homepage here.

CFP: Improving Feminist Philosophy and Theory By Taking Account of Disability

Call for submissions to a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ)

Improving Feminist Philosophy and Theory by Taking Account of Disability
Guest editor: Shelley Tremain, PhD

A growing body of literature demonstrates that disabled people confront poverty, discrimination in employment and housing, sexual violence, limited educational opportunities, incarceration, and social isolation to a far greater extent than their non-disabled counterparts and furthermore that disabled women experience the impact of these disabling social and political phenomena even more severely than do disabled men. Although feminism is purported to be a social, political, and cultural movement that represents all women, disabled feminists have long argued that the concerns, political struggles, and socio-cultural issues that directly affect disabled women (and disabled people more generally) remain marginalized, and often ignored, within mainstream feminist movements.

Feminist theorists and researchers in the university produce and reproduce this marginalization and exclusion through a variety of mechanisms, one of which is their use of the apparently intransigent conceptual schema and theoretical frameworks of “gender, race, and sexuality” and “gender, race, and class.” In the terms of these conceptions and frameworks, disability is naturalized, rather than represented as a relation of social power in which everyone — disabled and non-disabled — is implicated: each disabled person is perceived to embody a particular disability, while non-disabled people are taken for granted as representatives of the universal human, the prototype from which disabled people depart. That disabled (and non-disabled) feminist philosophers and theorists of disability have few venues in which to present and publish their work, as well as fewer opportunities for employment in the university, are among the consequences of these marginalizing and exclusionary frameworks and schema.

Consider the following. Job postings in philosophy do not identify disability as a hegemonic category or form of identity and subjecting power intertwined and on a par with gender, race, sexuality, and class and hence similarly appropriate for philosophical specialization. In 2011-2012, none of the respective annual conference programs of the three divisions of the national philosophical association in the US (with a combined international membership of more than 10,000) included an invited symposium, refereed session, nor even a single invited or refereed paper on disability. Furthermore, the leading journal in feminist philosophy has not published an issue devoted to disability and disabled women in a decade, publishing only a handful of articles on disability in the interim. In addition, the flagship journal of the largest women’s studies association in the US published an issue on disability and disabled women in the last decade. Finally, the editorial boards of academic feminist journals seldom include specialists in disability studies, with the consequence that the work of feminist philosophers/theorists of disability is oftentimes reviewed and adjudicated by (non-disabled) feminists who have a limited, even conventional, medicalized, understanding of the epistemological, ontological, ethical, and political implications of, and phenomena surrounding, disability.

This special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) — the first and foremost journal in disability studies internationally — will bring attention to new work in feminist philosophy of disability and feminist disability theory. The central aim of the issue is to elevate and advance the current status of feminist philosophy of disability/feminist disability theory in feminist and non-feminist academic discourses and, in doing so, challenge the way in which heretofore feminist philosophy and theory have been conceptualized and (re)produced.

Submissions may take any philosophical or theoretical approach to disability that is grounded in feminist political values and goals (broadly construed). The guest editor especially encourages submissions from feminist philosophers and theorists of disability living outside of North America and the global North. Among the topics that might be addressed in submissions are these:
The conceptual and material costs of limiting feminist theory and analyses to the gender, race, and sexuality matrix and the gender, race, and class matrix
Gender, race, and sexuality/class matrices and schema as epistemologies of ignorance
Ableist language and philosophy of language/feminist philosophy of language
Disabled people (in general) and disabled women (in particular) as knowers and holders of epistemically privileged perspectives and standpoints
Disability and ableism in mainstream and feminist bioethics
Ageism and sizeism as forms of ableism and disability
Transnational disability and the globalization of philosophical ableism
Disabling classifications of intelligence, race, color, impairment, morphology, sex, sexuality, and gender in modern science and philosophy of science and postcolonial critiques of these
Race, disability, normality, and “racism against the abnormal”
Disability, representations of beauty, purity, wholeness, and conceptions of ugliness, pollution, incompleteness in (feminist) aesthetics and philosophy of art
Disability and/in the history of philosophy and the disabling narrative of western philosophy’s self-conception
Disabled feminists at the front of the classroom
Ableist privilege in/and feminist theory and philosophy
Philosophy of education, disability, and the ethics and politics of the (in)accessible feminist classroom/conference
The ethics and politics of “passing” as non-disabled within and beyond the university
Elaborations and critiques of the ethics of care as an ethic for disabled people
Feminist accounts and critiques of disability and distributive justice
Disabled people as cyborgs in/up against feminist science and technology studies
Submissions should be no more than 8,000 words in length, inclusive of notes and bibliography, and should be prepared for anonymous peer review, with no identifying elements in the text or reference material. Submissions and all inquiries about the issue should be sent to Shelley Tremain at: s.tremain AT with the subject line “DSQ FEMDIS”.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCES: on or before November 30, 2012.
DATE OF PUBLICATION: Projected for late 2013.