Why do undergraduate women stop studying philosophy?

UPDATE: We’ve decided (in consultation with Morgan) that it would be a good idea to open discussion here as well, so we’re doing so.  Please do feel free to comment!


An important blog post by Morgan Thompson, about an important paper.

In early 2012, Toni Adleberg, Sam Sims, Eddy Nahmias, and I began a project to gather empirical support for explanations of the gender gap in philosophy, focusing on potential causes of the early drop-off of women in philosophy between initial courses and choosing to major, since research shows that this is the most significant drop-off. If the proportion of women majors remains stuck under 1/3, as it has been for decades (National Center for Education Statistics 2013), then it will remain difficult to improve the proportion of women graduate students and faculty.

Our paper describing our surveys, results, and suggestions is now published in Philosophers’ Imprint here. We hope people will find it useful, especially for generating more hypotheses, research, and solutions. Below, we offer a few highlights and welcome discussion here at Daily Nous.


One thought on “Why do undergraduate women stop studying philosophy?

  1. I am a philosophy major drop out. I had enough credits to be a philosophy major, but didn’t have one required class. I think that I was actually rather “good” at philosophy as I was able to think abstractly in a way that tends to work with philosophy…but ultimately I wanted something more concrete with practical application. Of course, with 20 years of hindsight, I recognize that philosophy actually has a lot of practical application.

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