Is Asking What Women Want the Right Question? Underrepresentation in Philosophy and Gender Differences in Interests
In discussions of the underrepresentation of women in professional philosophy, those sceptical of discrimination as an explanation often suggest that gender differences in interests are a plausible alternative hypothesis. Some suspect that if women's differing interests explains underrepresentation, then interventions suggested by the discrimination hypothesis might be unnecessary-or even risky. I argue that one needs to consider how stereotypes might influence interests, and that doing so can provide a more even-handed assessment of the risks involved in proposed interventions.
Dialogue-Canadian Philosophical Review
Goguen, Stacey, "Is Asking What Women Want the Right Question? Underrepresentation in Philosophy and Gender Differences in Interests" (2018). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 9.