More on women in philosophy

Sally Haslanger has posted data on women in philosophy at the “top 20” schools in the 2009 Leiter Report. It is posted here but I have copied it below since it seems that some people have had trouble accessing the information.

School Rank %women of tenured %women of full-time %women of all faculty
NYU 1 5 17 14
Rutgers 2 10 10 19
Princeton 3 7 21 18
Pittsburgh 4 5 8 10
U. Michigan 5 18 18 16
Harvard 6 36 30 21
MIT 6 20 17 25
Yale 8 36 39 33
UCLA 9 25 21 26
UC Berkeley 9 23 27 20
Stanford 9 24 26 21
UNC Chapel Hill 9 22 19 16
Columbia 13 28 35 33
U. Arizona 13 25 24 23
CUNY Grad Ctr 15 22 22 22
Notre Dame 15 12 15 17
Brown 17 25 27 25
Cornell 17 31 25 29
USC 17 17 14 21
UTexas Austin 20 11 14 10
Total (top 10) 18 20 19
Total (top 20) 19 21 20

Julie van Camp has been keeping track of the percentage of women in tenure-track positions at 98 institutions for quite some time (at least since 2004), though her information hasn’t been updated since last year (4/14/2008). She notes the following for the “top 54” Leiter ranked institutions:

Percentage of women on tenured/tenure-track appointments at Top-54 Doctoral Programs in Gourmet Report: 19.61%
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Average percentage of women at the Top 54 doctoral programs: 19.85%

Median percentage of women at Top-54 Doctoral Programs: 20%

Data taken from Departments’ own faculty listings on the Web, as linked above, as of 4/14/2008″

The complete information is available at http://www.csulb.edu/~jvancamp/doctoral_2004.html

Though there is much to be said about this state of affairs the one thing that I would like to point out is that things aren’t changing much.

The percentage of philosophy PhDs that are women is roughly 27% and has been right around 27% for at least the last 10 years. The Committee on the Status of Women is working on getting data about the what percentage of women are hired for the jobs advertised in JFP (Jobs for Philosophers) and that ought to be available for the 2007-2008 job search soon. Preliminary information indicates that it is most definitely not the case that the women are getting all the jobs, contrary to rumor.

The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy will be publishing two issues that address this problem based on two CSW sponsored APA panels: the Central in 2007 and the Pacific in 2008. Watch for them.

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