Women of Philosophy has launched!

Check out the new directory of women philosophers, which can be found at www.womenofphilosophy.com.

 “This is a crowd-sourced database searchable by 1) name, 2) school, 3) faculty position, 4) areas of specialization, 5) primary research interests, and 6) geographical location. It currently contains over 650 names of women philosophers working on faculties of higher education across the world. As it stands, the listing is far from comprehensive, and we are relying on the goodwill of members of the profession to keep the database up-to-date and as comprehensive as possible.  Women with a Ph.D. in philosophy holding a faculty position (e.g., post-doc, adjunct, tenure-track, tenured, etc.) should check if they have an entry in the database and send any additions or corrections under the ‘Submit’ tab. Please use that tab to add yourself if you are not currently listed. We invite anyone to submit a name, including names of women in philosophy outside of the U.S. The database should be an invaluable resource for conference organizers, editors, hiring committees, and anyone interested in learning more about the work of women in the profession.  Work to produce this database was completed by a team of volunteers. Thanks to the Committee on the Status of Women and MIT for their support, and to all those who have contributed.”

Thanks Sally Haslanger, MIT, the Committee on the Status of Women, and all of the volunteers!

Now go add your wonderful selves and make a great thing even better!

What Martin Luther King Actually Did

Here, in honour of Martin Luther King Day, is a really wonderful blog post from 2011 that’s doing the rounds again today.

…this is what the great Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished.  Not that he marched, nor that he gave speeches.

He ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the south.

The post is brilliant and important. Today is a good day to read it. And then to read it again.

(Make sure you read right to the end. The author’s postscript regarding the experiences of black women is important.)