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

Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 1 (1):1-30 (2015)
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Why 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.

Author Profiles

Sam Baron
Australian Catholic University
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney
Tom Dougherty
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


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