After publishing her essay, “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone),” Sally Haslanger was inundated with requests for help addressing challenges women face in professional philosophy.  She was increasingly discouraged and needed assistance.  So she entered a contest held by the Essex Conference Center and Retreat in Essex, MA, offering a free day meeting package to the group that could make the best case for its cause in 50 words or less.  She won!  With little time for organization and planning, she gathered roughly 25 women to discuss what more might be done to address the broad range of issues women in philosophy continue to face.  The Women in Philosophy Task Force was born.  We define our mission as follows:

  1. The Women in Philosophy Task Force (WPHTF) is an umbrella group that works to coordinate initiatives and intensify efforts to advance women in philosophy.

In describing ourselves as an “umbrella group” we simply mean that our aim is to empower and facilitate through coordinated action.

We have an email list for those who are interested in working with us to further our mission.  If you are interested in joining the list, please subscribe here.

If you would like to volunteer to help with a particular initiative, or if there is an issue you’d like us to work on, please email:

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last updated: 10/19/10

Our beginning and our mission

Aristide Maillol, La Méditerranée also called La Pensée, 1905.


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