In 2020, myself and Kiran Basra set up Womxn in Philosophy at McGill, with the intention to hold and make space for the flourishing of all women-identified and non-binary philosophers. We host socials, seminars with leading professors, writing workshops, and just have lots of fun together [including baking cookies!]. Please do join us if interested at Womxn in Philosophy and read what it means to those involved below.
“When I entered my philosophy degree at McGill I was immediately overwhelmed by the lack of women in the field. By fate, I was assigned Em as my TA, who was passionate about opening doors for women and inspired me to work with her to do just that. Together, we built Womxn in Philosophy to empower and celebrate female voices in the discipline with writing workshops, seminars, and socials. It is in this club that I have met some of my very best friends, and I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Kiran Basra, Co-Founder of Womxn in Philosophy, Double Major in Philosophy & Political Science, McGill University
"The field of philosophy has been dominated by white men for centuries, and this reality often seeps into the lecture hall today. Womxn in philosophy provides a safe space to share those experiences as a scholar in philosophy. Whether learning from powerful female philosophers, giving feedback on papers, or sharing stories over coffee, this group has created an energy that I carry with me everywhere."
Kennedy Robertson, Psychology Major & Philosophy Minor, McGill University
“In my first year at McGill University, I was completely overwhelmed by the lack of representation of people who look like me in the classroom – barely able to get a word in over the thumps of white privilege and testosterone. This is a trait not specific to McGill, but to academia in general and to Philosophy. Having Em as my TA during my first semester helped me to find my place and voice in academia. She showed me that my experience was not uncommon. Knowing that I was not alone as a Womxn in Philosophy made me feel more at home and has given me new perspectives on my own passions. Whether it is planning for the future, or getting feedback on my papers, I know I have a strong support system of incredible feminist leaders.”
Riyana Karim Hajinai, Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Science, McGill University
"Joining Womxn in Philosophy has been so impactful for my future! It gave me the confidence to apply to graduate school in philosophy, and made me feel more comfortable in the field which can be particularly intimidating for women. I received incredible support from being part of the group, and the workshops taught me a lot about the reality of joining the world of academic philosophy."
Alice Pessoa de Barros, Bachelor of Arts Honours in Philosophy & Minor in Art History, McGill University
"I’ve always loved how philosophy challenges me to think in ways that no other field does. There is something incredibly fulfilling about engaging in the mental gymnastics of philosophy, but my passion for the discipline has deepened so much more by stepping away from the male-dominated Western canon. Not only have I learned so much by taking feminist philosophy classes, but by connecting with other women in philosophy, I have come to appreciate the power of doing philosophy within an empowered, supportive community that works to give the field a fresh face."
Alyssa Cohen, Honours in Anthropology & Minor in Philosophy, McGill University