Women’s underrepresentation in philosophy journals

Eric Schwitzgebel writes:


Post-hoc analysis is always a little tricky, but the data suggest almost no increase in the percentage of women publishing in these journals since the mid-1970s, with merged percentages of 11% (1974-1975), 13% (1994-1995), and 13% (2014-2015). Sally Haslanger’s data from 2002-2007 provide further corroboration of this flat trendline, with 12% female authors in a selection of elite philosophy journals, and 11% in the five journals I’ve analyzed.

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  1. Another way of looking at this problem is that we the deeper underlying problem which is the fact we have elite journals in the first place. Dismantling the journal monopoly and placing pressure on colleagues to publish in co-operative journals like http://www.parrhesiajournal.org/ may be a better strategy in the long-run than pleading with an established economic elite to do more to reach out to women in academia. Quality control? We all know the notion of merit is bunk, shaped historically by a white supremacist patriarchal bias. Take away the carrot of 24/7 homo economicus “genius” that only white heterosexual men can ever hope to snatch and you eliminate the means of production that generates all impostor syndrome. Break it up, let’s run co-ops. Let’s figure out a new way to do quality control. Let’s deprive the corporate university of the one tool (the journal monopoly) that prices academic co-operatives out of the higher education market.

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