After spending years at conferences where women had to struggle to be heard, i thought that sorry situation changed considerably in 1986. Suddenly it was recognized that women could do philosophy, or so it seemed to me. But there was a problem. Men acted, again from my point of view, as though women became able to do philosophy in 1986. With few exceptions, the older women were not taken more seriouly than before.
Surely I exaggerate for the sake of a neat narrative. Perhaps so. But it may be worth asking ourselves if there is ageism operating in philosophy. Equally, we could ask if this bias affects women more than men.
If ageism is active, it would do us well to start looking at it by reminding ourselves of its presence in all sorts of areas. And so here’s a bit from HuffPo about another industry. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-an-unfair-hollywood-is-hurting-people-over-60_us_57d6d947e4b03d2d459b8746.)
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