Feminist Presence

Each of the psychologists in this section of the site has made important contributions to feminist psychology. Feminist psychology emerged as a distinct area of research and practice in the 1970s. Although many psychologists made feminist contributions before this time, it would take a world-wide women’s liberation movement to catalyze the institutional founding of the field. This process is still unfolding in many parts of the world, where feminist psychologists still work at the margins of the discipline. Feminist psychology itself also takes many different forms, and might more appropriately be referred to as "feminist psychologies."

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All of these psychologists enact feminist or womanist values in their lives and work in different ways. What they have in common is an explicit commitment to using psychology to improve the lives of women and girls of all ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, and socioeconomic levels.