Past and Present


  • We wish to acknowledge Judith Worell for her support for this special issue and thank her for her foreword and Pamela Trotman Reid for her preface. We are grateful to the many reviewers who assisted us in this endeavor, most especially Nancy Anderson, Carol Beere, Ludy T. Benjamin, Mary Crawford, Kay Deaux, Ursula Delworth, Florence L. Denmark, Esther Diamond, Claire Etaugh, Alberta Gilinsky, Jacqueline Goodchilds, Kathy Grady, Frances Graham, Lenore Harmon, Clara Hill, Lois Hoffman, Alexandra Kaplan, Phyllis Katz, Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, Ellen Langer, Carolyn R. Payton, Pamela Trotman Reid, Julia A. Sherman, Janet T. Spence, Bonnie R. Strickland, Carol Tittle, Veronica Thomas, and Michele Wittig. Montclair State College provided a Separately Budgeted Research Grant to facilitate work on this project by Agnes N. O'Connell. Thomas D. O'Connell and D. Allen Meyer provided invaluable inspiration and support. We also thank Jane Little, Laura Urbanski, Julie Jones, Carolyn Powers, Irina Feier, and Maria Santana for their assistance.


The American Psychological Association's Centennial provides a unique opportunity to celebrate, preserve, and interpret women's heritage in the origins and development of psychology. This special issue documents women's contributions to, and the impact of feminist critiques on, the discipline of psychology and its organizations. The articles in this special issue demonstrate how psychological theories and practice, research methods, and interpretation of data are embedded in social, political, and historical contexts. Moreover, they document how feminist critiques have challenged traditional assumptions about knowledge and served as a catalyst for the transformation of psychological theories, methods, and practice—a transformation that has just begun.