Mary Ellen Waithe, the co-chair of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers, Inc. has published the following proposal in her latest newsletter:
Through a series of email exchanges with Mary Ellen Waithe, Emerita member Kate Lindemann has proposed that student and un/underemployed members (AXIOTHEA level) as well as faculty (SOPHIA level or PHILOSOPHER-QUEEN level) be invited to submit an article on a woman philosopher for the Kate’s Pages section of the SSWP website. Beginning January 2016, articles that have been peer-reviewed will be designated as such. Eventually, all articles will have undergone rigorous peer review. So we will be gradually transforming those pages from simple informational pages to peer-reviewed articles, creating in effect, an electronic encyclopedia of women in the history of philosophy.
For student members: Have your Philosophy faculty advisor or other Philosophy professor agree to allow you to do an Independent Study, Independent Research or similar course OR to do a term paper about a woman philosopher selected from the list below. Have your faculty member contact Mary Ellen Waithe at email@example.com to reserve a philosopher for you. That page will be reserved for you until the end of your term (NO extensions!). Submit to your faculty member a paper in MS Word or Doc that follows the format of articles in Kate’s Pages / Women Philosophers. It may have footnotes/endnotes and must include a bibliography of original works by that philosopher and secondary articles/books about her. Have your faculty member comment on and grade your paper as though it were being peer-reviewed. This is a higher standard than an “A” Graduate Student paper is held to, so you may need to make revisions as suggested by your faculty member. Have your faculty member submit the paper to SSWP by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be informed when it has been published to our website, and your faculty member will receive a letter confirming that they have refereed a paper for the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers.
For faculty: Email Mary Ellen Waithe at email@example.com to reserve a philosopher for you. That page will be reserved for you for four months. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a research paper on that philosopher, following the format of articles in Kate’s Pages/Women Philosophers. The paper must be in MSWord or Doc. It may have footnotes/endnotes, and must include a bibliography of original works by that philosopher and secondary articles/books about her. It will be peer-reviewed by a SSWP member who may make suggestions for revising and re-submission.
Kate is quite right in noting that we are now in an era where electronic publications –if peer reviewed– are worth (to a student seeking admission to a graduate program, or to faculty member seeking tenure) every bit as much as a print publication.
Here’s a list of women philosophers about whom articles are solicited:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Anna Julia Cooper
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Sophie de Grouchy
Julia Ward Howe
Liubo Isaakovna Akselrod
Emily Elizabeth Constance Jones
Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
Grace Mead Andrus de Laguna
Francoise Marquise de Maintenon
Rowena Morse Mann
Marguerite of Navarre
Lucia Ames Mead
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Dorothy Wrinch Nicholson
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Margaret More Roper
Marguerite de la Sabliere
Lou Andreas Salome
Madelene de Scudery
Madeleine de Souvre
Germain de Stael
Louise de la Valliere
Marianna Bacinetti di Waddington
Ella Flagg Young
If you’ve already published a book or an article or a chapter about one of the above philosophers, won’t you please consider writing up a brief article about her for the women philosophers pages? Those pages are such an important resource for undergraduate students. If we hope to integrate the canon of philosophy along lines of gender, we must “grow” the next generation of scholars who have an interest in doing so. That “cultivation” begins with undergraduate students. And it is they who use Kate’s Pages.
In order to take part, you need to be a member of SSWP. You will find details of how to become a member on the SSWP homepage.
Professor Waithe added in that individuals should feel free to nominate a woman for these pages who is not included in that list, and that she will be glad to consider new names.