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.
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.
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.
Psychology's Feminist Voices is a project directed by Alexandra Rutherford at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is an associate professor of psychology and a faculty member in the History and Theory of Psychology graduate program.