Disciplinary Action: The Margins of Psychology

Today’s post features a brief illustrated account of the founding of the Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP), the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP), and the Psychology of Women Section (POWS, now the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section). Enjoy!

By Jenna MacKay

Author Bio

Jenna MacKay is interested in art as a tool for research, education, activism and healing. She holds a Master of Art in Psychology, as well as a Master of Social Work. She is a therapist and researcher, whose work has focused on trauma and the social determinants of mental health (with a focus on the mental health of women and LGBTQ peoples). She lives in Toronto with the best cat in the world.

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Pyke, S. W. (2001). Feminist psychology in Canada: Early days. Canadian Psychology, 42, 268-275.

Pyke, S.W. & Stark-Adamec, C. (1981). Canadian feminism and psychology: The first decade. Canadian Psychology, 22, 38-54.

Rutherford, A., Capdevila, R., Undurti, V., & Palmary, I. (Eds.) (2011). Handbook of international feminisms: Perspectives on psychology, women, culture, and rights. New York: Springer SBM.

Tiefer, L. (1991). A brief history of the Association for Women in Psychology: 1969-1991. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 15, 635-649. [A version of this article and a second installment (1991-2008) can be found at the Association for Women in Psychology website.

Wilkinson, S. & Burns, J. (1990). Women organizing within psychology: Two accounts. In E. Burman (Ed.), Feminists and psychological practice (pp. 140-162). Thousand Oaks, CA, US: Sage Publications, Inc.

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