Like women, women’s history month has come a long way since it began in 1987. Before 1987 women had one day, March,8th which still stands as International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th ammendmant, which gave women the right to vote. Dedicating a month to women gives them the spotlight in hopes that we can shine some light on their accomplishments that are too often overlooked.
This month we will be focusing on women in psychology. Most of us have heard of Sigmund Freud,Erik Erikson and Carl Jung but what about the ladies? Women throughout history have studied psychology but haven’t always been credited for it just because they are women. Mary Whiton Calkins was denied her doctorate in psychology from Harvard solely because she was a woman. Sigmund Freud had a daughter Anna who made great advances in the field of psychology but she is far less recognized. Many other women have been written out of most of history but if you take the time to look, their stores are incredible.
“Data from APA’s Center for Workforce Studies show that women make up 76 percent of new psychology doctorates, 74 percent of early career psychologists and 53 percent of the psychology workforce.” (APA). This trend can be found throughout the workforce, the number of women in higher education is passing the number of men and labor jobs are seeing a rise in women as well. Women are now making their mark in history and moving toward equality.
Look out for more blogs on these fascinating ladies mentioned and more as we focus on them individually.
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