Professor Jennifer Saul: On Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Field

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Because Philosophy sits within the humanities, and is not a STEM subject, most people are surprised to learn that it is a male-dominated field. In fact, only 24% of philosophers in the UK are female (17% in the US) - statistics comparable to some of the most male-dominated STEM subjects


Professor Jennifer (Jenny) Saul reflects on her experiences as a woman in philosophy, and how they influenced her academic activism and research. Jenny has founded two blogs: What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy; and Feminist Philosophers, with its Gendered Conference Campaign, and co-authored the first report on 'Women in Philosophy in the UK' (2011), and the 'Good Practice Guidelines for Women in Philosophy' for the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and the Society for Women in Philosophy UK (SWIP) – now adopted by dozens of departments and learned societies.  Her work on women in philosophy gave rise to an interest in implicit bias, and an involvement in trying to end sexual harassment in philosophy – well before the 'Me Too' movement became well known.  Jenny discusses the various (interlinked) directions that her research and activism has taken her throughout her successful career.

  • Tuesday 2nd October
  • Lecture 18:00
  • Wine Reception 19:00 
  • Minverva Building: MB0603, Jackson Lecture Theatre 

Although originally from the US, Jenny has been at the University of Sheffield since 1995, where she is now Professor of Philosophy.  She works in Philosophy of Language, Feminism, and Philosophy of Race, and her current research is largely on politics and language, with a particular focus on xenophobia, racism, and misogyny.  Jenny is Director of the Society for Women in Philosophy UK, Chair of the Analysis Committee, and Vice President of the Mind Association.  In 2011 she received the Distinguished Woman Philosophy Award from the American Society for Women in Philosophy.  Nonetheless, her proudest accomplishment is serving as philosophical consultant on a zombie movie script!  Her hobbies include standing under trees to prevent their felling – a surprisingly popular pastime in Sheffield.

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