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Famous women philosophy majors? September 2, 2013

Filed under: queries from readers — Jender @ 11:47 am

Query from a reader:

I’m developing some advertising for our philosophy major, and among other things I’m coming up with a list of famous philosophy majors. The usual lists, though, are (perhaps unsurprisingly) dominated by men. I want a select list that is 50% women, as I want to recruit women into the major. Can you help me by posting a request for people to list famous women philosophy majors (e.g., Angela Davis, Susan Sarandon) in the comments? Thanks!


13 Responses to “Famous women philosophy majors?”

  1. A lot of these overlap, but women are included in this list and this one and this one. Several further lists are included in the comments here. The further you get into the Google search I did, the less you see lists with people not covered in the ones I’ve linked here, but I’m sure someone who really wants to plumb the depths will continue to find new names if they keep working through the results.

  2. Steve Says:

    Beverly McLachlin (Chief Justice of Canada). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverley_McLachlin

  3. Beth Seacord Says:

    If you want a good long list of celebrity philosophy majors like Susan Sarandon etc…I’d ask a celebrity blogger to help you like Perez Hilton. I could ask for you if you’d like.

  4. annejjacobson Says:

    Someone to include:

    From wiki:

    Elizabeth Anne Reid AO, FASSA, is an Australian development practitioner, feminist and academic with a distinguished career in and significant contribution to national and international public service. She founded, established and worked with a number of pioneering and specialised United Nations institutions, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. Reid was appointed the world’s first advisor on women’s affairs to a head of state by the Australian Labor Government of Gough Whitlam in 1973.

  5. Another woman philosopher is Alison Jagger, here at CU Boulder and director of the Woman and Gender studies program.


  6. OH, and I forgot Carol Cleland (Phil of Science) here:http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/fac_cleland.shtml

  7. Nemo Says:

    Hard to think of living people who aren’t named on one of the linked lists offered by other commenters (other than people actually working in academic philosophy), but I didn’t notice Christy Turlington, Susanna Clarke or Kathryn Jean Lopez on the lists (all of whom did undergraduate philosophy degrees).

  8. LisaShapiro Says:

    I didn’t do a comprehensive check against the lists already linked to, but the powerpoint I pulled together for our university open house included some women already mentioned as well as: Deepa Mehta (filmmaker), Buffy Ste Marie (musician), Barbara Amiel (columnist), Dessa (hip hop artist), Iris Murdoch (novelist), Ellen Roseman (finance columnist)

  9. contrawhit Says:

    I shared this online, and a friend of mine (fellow philosopher) relayed that Stacy from TLC’s “What Not to Wear” was a philosophy major.

  10. Jean K Says:

    Lana Del Rey (the musician), Rebecca Goldstein (the novelist)

  11. Dani Says:

    Natalie Portman.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    The musician and songwriter Nika Danilova, who releases music under the name Zola Jesus.

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