Female Under-Representation Among Philosophy Majors: A Map of the Hypotheses and a Survey of the Evidence

Author(s)Tom Dougherty; Samuel Baron; Kristie Miller
JournalFeminist Philosophy Quarterly
Thematic Cluster/Special IssueScience, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities
AbstractWhy is there female under-representation among philosophy majors? We survey the hypotheses that have been proposed so far, grouping similar hypotheses together. We then propose a chronological taxonomy that distinguishes hypotheses according to the stage in undergraduates’ careers at which the hypotheses predict an increase in female under-representation. We then survey the empirical evidence for and against various hypotheses. We end by suggesting future avenues for research.
Keywordsunder-representation, undergraduates, majors, female, women, philosophy
Date Published July 22, 2015
Google Scholar Linkhttps://scholar.google.ca/scholar?cluster=16217320850371184602&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5
Open Access?Yes

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