About the Author(s)
Melissa M. Shew, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University, Kimberly K. Garchar, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Kent State University
Melissa M. Shew is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University. Her expertise and interests are wide-ranging from ancient Greek to contemporary philosophy, philosophy of literature and the arts, and pedagogy. In her scholarship as with her students, she usually finds her way back to authenticity, dialogue, chance, and understanding the power of a moment. Dr. Shew has taught at the university level for fifteen years and also taught for five years at an all-girls college preparatory high school, living out her firm belief in empowering young women and girls through education. She came to philosophy
through literature, music, myth, politics, and the arts.
Kimberly K. Garchar is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University and an associated faculty member at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She found her way to philosophy via mathematics and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon in 2006, after which she spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. Dr. Garchar specializes in American pragmatism, ethics, and clinical ethics, particularly in the areas of death and dying. She has focused on issues of gender and gender equity, both in philosophy and academia, throughout her career.
"Though the volume centers on the idea of initiating girls and young women into philosophy and the tradition of thoughtful Persephone, the text is important for boys and men of all ages because it highlights gender biases and gaps in philosophy as well as recognizes the contribution of female scholars. The essays are well written and interesting, and will be significant in the fields of philosophy, women's studies, and gender issues. The text is accessible for those outside the field of philosophy as well. The etext and paperback are reasonably priced. This reviewer will be employing the book in her women philosophers course. A good resource for those who are interested in contemplation, identity, reasoning, and philosophical thinking... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-
and upper-division undergraduates; researchers and faculty; general readers." -- Choice
"The chapters are written in an inviting and encouraging style and come close to what I would have liked 'had existed when you were discovering your own questions'. They encourage the reader to think and maintain a healthy dose of self-confidence. Is there more to wish from an introduction to philosophy? I don't think so...To the boys who turn away from a 'for girls' book like this one I would say: 'Come and read it; it will make you guys think more.' My verdict: highly recommended." -- Pieter Mostert, The Philosophy Foundation Blog
"[T]his book is a proof of concept that philosophy loses out when it marginalizes, or when it only treats one kind of life as the default, yet claim to universalise on that basis. The writers in this collection ... invite the reader to wonder, to ask further questions, and to perhaps add their own voices to the ongoing philosophical conversations. Philosophy for Girls provides us with a gift, namely a vision of philosophy as a chorus of voices that is enriched rather than diluted by inclusion." -- Audrey Yap, Philosophers' Magazine
"A fantastic resource and a great service to the discipline and teaching of philosophy. I am both personally and professionally grateful to the editors and the authors for their work. The essays from this rich, inviting, pedagogically-motivated introduction to philosophy will certainly be making their way onto my syllabi and I imagine those of many other philosophy teachers for years to come." -- Rebecca G. Scott, Harper College, Teaching Philosophy