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Putting Women's History of Psychology on the Map

Zoom in and out, click on pins for info, and scroll through pins with multiple entries to explore where the women in the Women Past section of the site earned their PhDs.


Thank you to Mike Pettit of the PsyBorgs Digital History of Psychology Lab for providing us with this resource!


To get you started - can you answer these questions?


Nineteen women on our map received their training in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but none of them remained in these countries long-term. Most moved to North America, but a few went elsewhere. Where in the world did they go? Why might some of them have crossed the Atlantic?


Based on the map, what can you guess about the conditions for a woman who went to school in a large eastern city in the United States versus someone who went to school in a smaller town or the west? If you were a woman choosing where to go to school based on your interest in networking with other women students, where would you choose to go?


Which women completed their highest degrees (PhD and in one case MD) before the year 1900? At which university did the majority of these women study? Who was the one woman in this group to obtain her doctorate in Europe? What was the western-most U.S. university to award a woman a doctorate in this time period?


Given the map is based on the 123 women we have profiled at the Women Past section of the PFV site, what does the geographic distribution of their PhDs reveal about the limitations of our sample? Or about the existing historiography on women in psychology? Or about the history of psychology?


And for fun...

Which three psychologists on our map might have all met up at Cafe Diglas ( in the early 1930s to talk shop and eat pastry?