The award is bestowed by the Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP). The selection committee writes:
You can learn more about Professor Simons’ writings here, and read a profile about her, here, about her life, work, and interactions with de Beauvoir.
Margaret “Peg” Simons, Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Edwardsville, is the winner of the 2021 Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award.
(via Louise Antony)
Professsor Simons will be honored at an ESWIP-sponsored session at the Virtual portion of the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association on Thursday, January 13th from 2:00 – 3:50pm EST.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award are listed here.
Margaret (Peg) Simons was one of the founders of feminist philosophy as an academic discipline and of the journals, societies, and conferences that have supported women’s participation in both professional philosophy and women’s studies. Peg Simons has devoted her philosophical career to establishing Simone de Beauvoir as an important philosopher in her own right, changing not only how Beauvoir is read but also how Sartre’s Being and Nothingness is read.