Taking gender equality seriously

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just want to say thanks to all the folks who are doing something about what it’s like for women in philosophy- whether they realize it or not.

Recently, a fellow student went to a professor when he thought myself and some other female graduate stuents were being treated unfairly on account of our gender; I’ve noticed one of my professors regularly makes use of female pronouns in class; in a reading group I participate in (as the only female), a fellow participant pointed out that an example in a paper we were reading was rather sexist, and another raised an objection to an argument, citing feminist philosophers; and one of the upper-year female graduate students has made an effort to reach out to the new female students in the program, and has made her help available should we need it.

Knowing that I have colleagues that take women seriously, that take feminist philosophy seriously, and that take gender equality seriously, makes it that much more bearable when facing those who don’t. So, thank you!

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