Reminder: Distinguished Woman noms by April 1

Call for Nominations: Distinguished Woman Philosopher 2013

Each year the Eastern Division of 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, December 27-30, 2013.

Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a minimum of two supporting letters, which summarize the nominee’s contributions to philosophy and support of women in philosophy.

NOTE: Two-thirds of letter writers for any given nomination must be members of the society for women in philosophy, in good standing.

Please e-mail all nominations to Rochelle Green, ESWIP Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award Secretary ( no later than April 1, 2013.

Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs at Faculty Women of Color in Academia conference at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Dr. Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs (co-editor
of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women
in Academia) will deliver a keynote address at the Faculty Women of
Color in Academia conference at the University of Illinois in
Champaign-Urbana. The keynote, which is open to the public, will take
place at 7:30 pm in the Illinois Ballroom of the I Hotel (1900 S.
First Street, Champaign) and will be followed by a book signing.
For more information, see

Presumed Incompetent is a path-breaking account of the intersections
of race and class in the working lives of female academics. For more
information about the book (including reviews of the book and
endorsements from Gloria Steinem, Kim Crenshaw, Mari Matsuda and Norma
Cantu), please see the publisher’s website at:

Grandma got STEM

where STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (+more!).
There is this fantastic blog launched on February 17 2013 by Rachel Levy, where she collects information on grandmothers who did great work in those fields. Rachel explains:

Perhaps, like me, you are tired of hearing people say “how would you explain that to your grandmother?” when they probably mean something like “How would you explain the idea in a clear, compelling way so that people without a technical background can understand you?”

Here’s a similar saying you may have heard: “That’s so easy, my grandmother could understand it.”

I would like to counter the implication that grannies (gender + maternity + age) might not easily pick up on technical/theoretical ideas.

It is not just about women who are literally grandmothers, but it is meant in the figurative sense: any woman old enough to be a grandmother.

Thanks, @IngridRobeyns!