Here is what used to happen while I was in graduate school at a Leiter top-25 school: invariably, male members of our male-dominated department would attempt to start a conversation about the state of women in philosophy, usually on the graduate email listserv. The discussion was never productive. The small handful of women in the department never wanted to speak up because we knew our male counterparts didn’t want to hear the ugly truth. We also had no protection of anonymity if we did choose to speak up. The discussion always ended the same way: the male members of the department would happily conclude that our department wasn’t sexist because the women were not treated in an openly hostile way (congratulations to them!).
The stories that appear here make it impossible for that situation to occur and I think that’s why it has been so successful. I’ve seen this site shared on professional blogs, over email from colleagues and friends, on Facebook, etc. This site more than anything else has really opened people’s eyes. Additionally, I can’t tell you how comforting it is to know that other women have had experiences like mine.