Project Vox is a site that 'features the forgotten voices of women philosophers, giving academics and students a rare opportunity to study and promote their work.' In recent decades, feminism has infiltrated academia and pushed for inclusion of women thinkers and writers into philosophy, history, and other curriculums. This call for reviving the female cannon is not rooted in political correctness, but rather aims to teach students the realities of prominent contributors. In order to strike down prevailing notions of 'genius tied to gender', we must rightfully uncover the prominent women and other minority groups who contributed to major ideological movements, but whose work has been forgotten. This misrepresentation has created an illusion that history is indeed his-story.
As more and more of these women's works are uncovered and revealed, hopefully historical and philosophical narratives will shift to more accurately credit those individuals with influential ideas. It might be a slow process, but reviving the female cannon is necessary for accuracy and for encouraging future generations of women that they can make thoughtful contributions to their respective fields by seeing how women have contributed all along.
Overlooking these women’s contributions doesn’t just misrepresent the era, it’s also helped solidify philosophy’s status as a white men’s club. About 35 percent of U.S. philosophy faculty members in 2009...were women, and just 30 percent of the doctorates awarded that year went to women... “We certainly see that women have been systematically left out of the canon, and that women coming in have not been able to see how much influence women have had in the field,”... Studying the contributions of female philosophers can help women more easily picture themselves in the field, but “we don’t want people to add women to a course for politically correct reasons...We want them to teach these works because they are important part of this time period, and if you are not teaching them, you are not giving students an accurate picture...”