Today is International Women’s Day – an opportunity to “celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality“. One of the most fundamental barriers to equality in philosophy is the collection of implicit stereotypes that many of us have about what philosophers look like – rich, white, able-bodied, cis, male (usually with beards)… so what can we do to overcome this barrier, celebrate the achievements of women in philosophy, and call for greater equality for all people in philosophy? One thing we can do is expose ourselves (and others!) to images which counter those stereotypes. So, in celebration of International Women’s Day, and of diversity in philosophy, here are some places to find counter-stereotypical images of philosophers to look at, and share.
The MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Faces of Philosophy poster:
The APA’s Philosophy: Got Women? poster (buy it here):
The looksphilosphical tumblr (see it here):
The philosophywomen tumblr (see it here):
This gallery created by Karla Tonella (click here):
So take a look, share them with other people (including non-philosophers!) and while you’re at it, why not learn about a female philosopher? Go here, type in “women philosophers” and hit ‘submit’.