Women Past

Each of the women profiled here has made important contributions to psychology. Many did not call themselves feminists, and some were even opposed to bringing feminism into psychology. Notably, some of those who did identify as feminists also held the racist and eugenicist views that were promoted by psychology in many parts of the world in the first half of the 20th century. We include as many women from psychology's past as possible because the presence of women in history has for too long been obscured. Revealing the complexity of the past can help us write more critical histories of the present.

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Most of the women here received their highest degrees by the late 1950s. Most of them studied and worked in North America, the United Kingdom, or Europe, but we are working to include more women pioneers from all over the world.