Why the dearth of female philosophers?
August 11, 2006 7:03 PM Subscribe
I have yet to figure out why there is a paucity of female philosophers. Any definitive works on this topic?
posted by raheel to religion & philosophy (134 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I have had a vague theory that it is one of the basic difference between the sexes: men complicate, women simplify. However that maybe too simplistic and grossly incorrect, not to mention it not being apparently PC. Other reasons could be that they were never taken too seriously by the male dominated societies, and that the analytical process that is philosophy is such a strong and powerful profession, women were never given entry, or they didn't take interest enough.
Or maybe the reasons are similar to why there is less female presence in engineering and sciences?