Society for Women in Philosophy

The BPA is committed to addressing the underrepresentation of women in philosophy in the UK, where women make up nearly 50% of all philosophy undergraduates but less than 25% of permanent philosophy staff. Click on the links below for further information including details on our Good Practice Scheme which is full of recommendations to help improve the culture for women in philosophy.

BPA/SWIP-UK Committee for Women in Philosophy

This Committee was established in 2010 for the purposes of compiling a report on the underrepresentation of women in UK philosophy, which was published in 2011. Our most recent project has been the development of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. The Committee consists of some members of the BPA and SWIP-UK Executive Committees, together with a handful of invited external members.


Helen Beebee (Manchester), Jenny Saul (Sheffield; Director, SWIP UK))


David Archard (Queen’s University Belfast), Anita Avramides (Oxford), Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin; Chair, SWIP Ireland), Alexander Bird (Bristol), Joe Morrison (QUB; Director, BPA), Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick), Havi Carel (Bristol), Tim Crane (Cambridge), Chris Hookway (Sheffield), Paul Lodge (Oxford), Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff)

Report: Women in Philosophy in the UK (2011)

Women in Philosophy in the UK is a report published in September 2011 by Helen Beebee and Jenny Saul on behalf of the BPA/SWIP-UK Committee for Women in Philosophy.

Click here to view the report.

The report contains, amongst other things, statistical information on the representation of women in philosophy in the UK at different career stages (from undergraduate to professor); a brief description of some barriers to women in philosophy, including the well-studied psychological phenomena of implicit bias and stereotype threat, and a list of recommendations that individual staff, students and institutions can follow in order to improve the current situation.

There is anecdotal evidence that many of these recommendations are being pursued by individuals and departments across the UK. We plan to follow up in due course on the actions that have been taken and the effects they have had.

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