So instead, I am convinced that it is only by making conscious efforts towards redressing gender imbalance that we are likely to make any progress (yes, affirmative action). It would be crucial for example to increase the visibility of the women who already do good work in a given field typically associated with 'maleness' so as to to counter the stereotype, and one way this can be done is by trying to increase the proportion of women as speakers at conferences. With this in mind, I have created a list of women working in philosophical logic and philosophy of logic, which is meant, among other things, to serve as a source of ideas for conference organizers. The list is being constantly updated, and suggestions for additions are always very welcome!
Another important measure is mentoring/coaching individual women at the early stages of their careers. It is probably very hard for men to understand that women have to counter a lot of biases to pursue their interests in a given 'male' area, including self-imposed biases. They often need to be explicitly told that they have what it takes, that they do belong in a given field, that they have good potential. Most women will profit from the kind of reassurance that might be seen as 'overkill' by men. So I ask you, fellow M-Phi'ers, to pay particular attention to the talented young women around you who are constantly confronted with feelings of inadequacy, and who could certainly benefit from some extra encouragement.
Well, there is lots more that I could write on the topic, but I will leave it at that for now. To be sure, I certainly don't intend to use this blog as a constant outlet for my feminist activism (fortunately, I already have New APPS for that!), but I thought it would be worth reminding the readers of this blog that this is an important issue, and one which requires a conscious effort to be addressed. We are so used to the situation that we usually don't even pause to think of its utter absurdity.