Why is there female under-representation among philosophy majors? We survey the hypotheses that have been proposed so far, grouping similar hypotheses together. We then propose a chronological taxonomy that distinguishes hypotheses according to the stage in undergraduates’ careers at which the hypotheses predict an increase in female under-representation. We then survey the empirical evidence for and against various hypotheses. We end by suggesting future avenues for research.
Dougherty, Tom; Baron, Samuel; and Miller, Kristie
"Female Under-Representation Among Philosophy Majors:
A Map of the Hypotheses and a Survey of the Evidence,"
Feminist Philosophy Quarterly:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fpq/vol1/iss1/4