Welcome to SWIP UK


New Director of SWIP UK: After many years of service, Jennifer Saul is stepping down as Director of SWIP UK. We are deeply sorry to see her go and are immensely grateful for all that she has done for SWIP and for women in Philosophy. Thank you so very much, Jenny, and we wish you all the best. Taking over in this position is Katharine Jenkins - thank you and welcome!

New SWIP UK Aims and Membership: SWIP UK have revised their aims and membership criteria to be more inclusive and intersectional. See below.

New guidelines: SWIP UK have produced the following guidelines for how individual institutions may host effective Women in Philosophy groups.

Good Practice Scheme - SWIP UK and the British Philosophical Association are pleased to support the Good Practice Scheme. Its purpose is to improve the environment for, and representation of, women in philosophy.

Data protection regulation - By subscribing to SWIP UK, individuals consent to us holding their contact details and we will inform them if these are lost or stolen. Individuals can ask for these details to be erased and we will erase them when their membership elapses or if they have not responded to renewal invitation emails.

SWIP UK is an organisation of UK women in philosophy, including students and professionals, working within or outside academic departments.


SWIP recognizes:

• That ‘woman’ is sometimes used to refer to those who identify as women and is also sometimes used to refer to those who are perceived/treated as women. We aim to represent members of both (overlapping) groups. Anyone who is a member of either or both of these groups is eligible to join SWIP as a full member. All others are welcome to join as Friends of SWIP.

• That discrimination and marginalization directed at women is intersectional, meaning that it can be based on multiple aspects of identity and various combinations of these aspects. Relevant aspects of identity include (but are not limited to) age, race, ethnicity, caste, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, nationality, and religion.


SWIPs aims are:

• To raise public awareness of discrimination and marginalisation directed at women in philosophy, past and present.

• To end all forms of discrimination and marginalisation directed at women in philosophy.

• To support women in philosophy.

• To facilitate co-operation between women in philosophy.

• To collect information of interest to women in philosophy.

• To promote philosophy by women, past and present.

• To foster feminism in philosophy and philosophy in feminism

• To collaborate, where appropriate, with individuals and organisations aiming to counter all forms of discrimination and marginalisation in philosophy.


SWIP UK seeks to achieve these aims by


SWIP UK welcomes offers of help to develop this website, organise conferences, contribute to mentoring and support, and gathering and using data on women in philosophy in the UK and internationally.

SWIP UK welcomes comments and queries.


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