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; Samuel Baron; and Kristie Miller. 2015. "Female Under-Representation Among Philosophy Majors: A Map of the Hypotheses and a Survey of the Evidence." Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 1, (1). Article 4. doi:10.5206/fpq/2015.1.4.