Joan Callahan – Judson Memorial 10.29.2011

Introducing clips from a 2004 interview with Sally produced by Joan Callahan and Nancy Tuana as part of the project Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words*

This video is part of a series of interviews, called Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words. Nancy Tuana and I have been trying to capture on film as many of the first cohort of feminist philosophers as we’re able. Some are the first cohort chronologically; others are people who were the first to do certain things in feminist philosophy. I see that some of our other subjects are in the group today.

Most of you probably know that Sally was a giant. She was a giant in feminist thought. She thought of things that nobody else thought of. She thought of mothering as practice, as work; and as relevant to peacemaking, which was the cause always dearest to her heart.

Sally was also just a fabulous person. I didn’t know Sally very well before we did this interview. I originally met her because she called me up on the phone one day, having read an article that I published. She called me up to tell me that she liked it and that she admired me. Out of a clear blue sky. That was Sally; Sally who didn’t know she was a giant.

It was a great honor to be able to do this interview. We managed to disrupt the Ruddick household for a couple of days – almost moved in. We got about seven hours of film of Sally, which we’ve brought down into a two-hour set of selections, that are available on DVDs for everyone here to take home today.

It is with great humility and gratitude that I introduce this film to you. I am so glad to have the opportunity to bring Sally back visually and audibly.

Thank you.

*For information on the project, Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words and for availability of the full edited interview with Sara Ruddick (and others), please go to