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Improving the participation of women in the philosophy profession: executive summary

15 May 2008

The project, Improving the Participation of Women in the Philosophy Profession, investigates some possible causes for an anomaly: that more than half of the students enrolled in undergraduate philosophy subjects in most Universities are women, and yet there is only a small proportion of women philosophers holding higher level positions in the profession. The project involved the collection and analysis of data pertaining to staff and students in philosophy programs in Australia. These data were then compared with data from the Australian University sector generally to ascertain the key stages in women’s education or careers where they are likely to either leave Philosophy or stall in their academic careers. The identification of these stages would then provide the information needed to develop targeted strategies to enhance women’s participation in the profession

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