Azizah Y. Al-Hibri, Margaret A. Simons, signed by author
The first issues of the journal ‘Hypatia’, published from 1983 through 1985, truly heralded the rebirth of a feminist philosophy. Women in philosophy had been silenced since the days of the fourth-century Alexandrian woman philosopher and mathematician, Hypatia. With the establishment of the journal by the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP), feminist issues and philosophy were legitimized. The first three issues of the journal were actually published as special issues of Women’s Studies International Forum. From this unique incubational arrangement, the journal has grown to be a successful independent voice for feminist philosophical concerns. In response to demand, essays from those early, now out-of-print issues are being published in book form as a testament to the rebirth of feminist philosophy.