Official Gendered Conference Campaign Petition

Eric and Mark’s petition in support of the Gendered Conference Campaign has garnered quite an amazing number of signatures already.  But, as many people have noted, it is much more specific and prescriptive than the actual Gendered Conference Campaign has been.  We’ve heard from a lot of people eager to lend their support to the Gendered Conference Campaign, but with a petition that is more closely aligned with the GCC’s methods.  


With that in mind, we now bring you the official Gendered Conference Campaign petition.  If you’re a professional academic philosopher, please sign it, and tell others about it as well!  And yes, you can sign both petitions.

Update: Just learned you need to hit “sign now” twice. Very odd, and sorry about that!

9 thoughts on “Official Gendered Conference Campaign Petition

  1. I signed this one. I signed the other one. All things considered, I do think it’s a good idea to have a petition that simply avows the principles of the gendered conference campaign. And I absolutely understand the difficulty of coming up with specifiable circumstances under which a large range of people would agree to actually do something (even adopt a defeasible commitment to do something, as Eric and Mark’s petition asks signatories to do). More specifically, I really do get this: 1 out of 2 key note speakers is a pretty stringent standard. I could see (albeit with a slight squint) hesitating about the original petition in that light.
    Nevertheless, there’s part of me that is disheartened by the fact that many more people have indicated willingness to sign a petition that doesn’t call for a commitment to *do* something. A bit cynical & sad, I suppose, from so many years watching/hearing people avow great principles of justice, right up until the moment that an injustice requires them to act.

  2. As I see it, the main thing is to get as many famous/powerful/well known senior folks as possible to actually put their name on something. I too think that the commitment asked for in ours is pretty minimal, but I’m not sure it matters. Philosophers, especially junior ones, are amazingly risk averse (as you say). If conference organizers – who are usually not the most powerful folks in the field – see that lots of the most powerful are signing on to something saying that all-male conferences are a bad thing, I suspect they are going to start doing the work necessary not to put them on, even without a concrete threat to do anything. So here’s to attracting as many folks as possible. Thanks for the GCC; thanks for this new petition. The leadership here is impressive and will make philosophy better for everyone.

  3. Katy, your comments also remind me that equality in the profession may require that many people are much more critically aware of the effects of their behaviour and the background gendered cliches that get promoted. E.g., not use their relations with wive and daughter to understand female colleagues, not act on deeply held assumptions about powerful women being threatening, tricky, deceitful, just after self-promotion, not really as clever as a man, etc, etc.

    I think the GCC is a significant try, and the petition(s) will help, but there is so much yet to do.

  4. I think that “doing the work” can require know-how that lots of people don’t have. I hope people take a look at the link on the petition to Jenny’s post, which has important suggestions.

  5. Sorry, I missed your comment. No, I haven’t deleted anything. I do know that others have reported similar experiences. I don’t really understand the petition software, so maybe just try signing again?

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