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Profound Shift

Psychology has undergone a profound shift over the last 50 years. In 1960, women received only a small minority of doctorates in the field. Today, in many parts of the world, women receive the majority. To understand this shift and the role feminists have played in it, we need to collect the first-hand accounts of feminist psychologists who were instrumental in bringing about these changes and of the men and women who continue to enrich psychology with feminism. We also need to be aware of our history. Who were the women who came before us? How did their work lay the foundation for feminist psychology?  This site highlights important women in psychology's past and amplifies the diverse voices of contemporary feminist psychologists. 


We invite you to explore their stories...                               



Women Past

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For many years, only a small minority of psychologists were women. Despite their small numbers, their contributions and experiences helped shaped what we came to know in psychology. They paved the way for other women by serving as examples of what was possible. Discover their stories in the Women Past section of this site.








This timeline explores how women of color have used their unique perspectives and expertise to understand and improve the world. We hope their stories will provide inspiration for a new generation of women and girls.

Feminist Presence

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By the late 1960s, women psychologists were still in the minority but their voices were getting louder.  Many of these voices were feminist voices. Many expressed radically different ways to approach and theorize psychology.  Others critiqued existing methods and worked to improve them. Discover their stories and those of today's feminist psychologists in the Feminist Presence section of this site.





Gender Based Analysis (GBA)  

A video series and teaching resource to help psychology students think critically about how gender assumptions, biases, and ideologies affect psychological research.

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Psychology's Feminist Voices is a collaborative project founded and directed by Alexandra Rutherford at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is a professor of psychology and a faculty member in the Historical, Theoretical, & Critical Studies of Psychology graduate program. This project has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.







Your favourite source for all things related to the history of women and gender in psychology and contemporary feminist psychology. Current Co-Editors are Tal Davidson and Susannah Mulvale. Please email them if you would like to contribute and they can guide you through the process. The Consulting and Founding Editor is Jacy L. Young.