Gender & The Philosophy Job Market


“The odds of women obtaining a permanent academic placement within two years is 65% greater than men when all else is held constant,” according to an analysis discussed by Carolyn Dicey Jennings, Patrice Cobb, and David Vinson (UC Merced) at the Blog of the APA.

Jennings and Vinson do not argue for any particular explanation of this finding, but note three possibilities, the first two of which they currently have plans to investigate:

  1. Women philosophy graduates are more likely to find permanent academic placements because those women who would have been less likely to find permanent academic placement are more likely to leave the discipline before graduating than men in the same position…
  2. Women philosophy graduates are more likely to find permanent academic placements because women are more likely to specialize in areas sought by hiring programs…
  3. Women philosophy graduates are more likely to find permanent academic placements because hiring programs have a preference for hiring women, all else being equal.

The analysis is based on data previously discussed here.

Read the full post here.

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