Women Pioneers in Psychology

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Women have changed how we think about Psychology 

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, we are taking the time to shine a light on the strong and intelligent women who have continued to advance and change the field of Psychology throughout history. As a woman-owned business, we are grateful for all of the women who paved the way for us to do what we love. Join us in celebrating these trailblazers!

Anna Freud

We have all heard of Sigmund Freud, but have you heard of his daughter? This British psychologist followed in her father’s footsteps and became an accomplished psychologist, making an unforgettable name for herself. She created the field of Child Psychoanalysis,” developing techniques and methods to help adolescents effectively manage and cope with their emotions. Without Freud’s work, we would not have opened up doors and new research to aid the positive development of young minds.

Mary Whiton Calkins

Does that name ring a bell? Well, it should! Mary Whiton Calkins was the first female president of the APA (American Psychological Association). She led the charge in breaking down barriers and expectations to rise to a pivotal leadership position. Calkins was an esteemed professor of psychology and established the first psychology lab at an all-women’s college. She continued to make an impact during her presidency. Calkins devoted her career to advancing the field of psychology and left a legacy for generations of women psychologists. 

Mary Ainsworth

Ainsworth was a developmental psychologist. You might know her by her contribution to attachment theory, which focuses on the bonds formed through long-term relationships. She developed several essential theories related to the relationship between a caregiver and a baby. Her continual advancement in this area has led to a deeper understanding of a crucial developmental period for children. 

Leta Stetter Hollingworth

This pioneer psychologist was an extraordinary advocate for women’s equality in psychology. Although she was marked by hardship in her early life, she proved to be a symbol of resilience and strength, impacting so many people through her advancements in psychology. Hollingworth’s work focused primarily on studying women and gifted children, and overall, her work was in clinical and educational psychology.  She proposed and proved her theory of gender equivalency, which was a great accomplishment towards seeing women as equal. Her legacy lives on through theories that impact our knowledge and understanding of women’s minds and gifted individuals. 

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These are just a few of the many outstanding women who have changed the course of history through their determination, hard work, and bright minds. They have helped expand our thinking on human behavior and paved the way for generations of women psychologists to come.

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