Inspired by Trent Dougherty’s efforts at Certain Doubts to compile a list of women working in epistemology, Carolyn, Brit, and I have spent some time doing the same for the philosophy of mind. Let me quote Trent’s justification for such a project:
I suspect that one of the most common sources of women being
under-represented (even at a rate lower than their under-representation
in the field) at conferences and in edited volumes (full disclosure: one
of my three edited volume projects has no women in it) is the “comes to
mind” bias. One way to counteract this is to “double check.” But that
will not be equally easy for everyone and may have pitfalls of its own.
In light of this, clearly some sort of “master list” can be a very valuable resource. Our initial attempt at making such a list is available at the link below. Please note that this is only a first draft, and we are sure it is error-ridden and has left off far too many people, so please suggest additions and corrections over e-mail or in the comments to this post. I will update the file periodically. Thanks!