The University of Sheffield
Faculty of Arts and Humanities

21 June 2011

Sheffield academic first UK recipient of women's philosophy award

Professor Jenny Saul from the University of Sheffield's Department of Philosophy has become the first person in the UK to receive the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award.

The annual award given by The Society for Women in Philosophy will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in December this year.

Professor Saul is one of the founders of and co-bloggers for Feminist Philosophers, a trans-continental forum that highlights gender-bias in the academy. The Feminist Philosophers blog has become an example of a collective feminist work that has led to other initiatives aimed at campaigning against sexism and gender bias such as the Gendered Conference Campaign, which aims to tackle under representation of female philosophers at academic events world-wide.

Professor Saul has also directed the UK Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP UK) and will be co-chairing the SWIP/British Philosophical Association´s Sub-Committee on the status of women in the profession. Professor Saul has also helped to implement the Woman-Friendly Initiative Award, which recognises exemplary departments, groups, policies and initiatives that provide support for women in philosophy.

Professor Saul said of the award: "I'm deeply honoured and absolutely stunned by this. It's especially wonderful to be recognised as making a difference in people's lives by doing philosophy. For me, that's the highest honour there could be."

Professor Rosemary Tong and Professor Jennifer Scuro of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Committee said: "Jenny Saul has demonstrated courage and leadership, and she is leading feminists forward to new ways of thinking and connecting. We applaud Professor Saul's willingness to take a public stand against sexism everywhere, especially in our profession.

"Her work on implicit bias has done much to bring in allies to the advancement of women in philosophy, including many who would not ordinarily consider themselves feminist. Her scholarship in Philosophy of Language is also most notable and there is much praise for her book, Feminism: Issues and Arguments. Professor Saul has done a great deal to make all our lives better and, as both a mentor and scholar, her colleagues have found her to be most worthy of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award."

Professor Mike Braddick, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, commented: "This is a wonderful accolade. The committee judges that Professor Saul 'has done a great deal to make all our lives better… as both a mentor and scholar'. This is precisely the kind of impact we would all like to have. I am delighted for her, and her example brings great credit to the University of Sheffield."

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