This article reviews the history of women psychologists' contributions to social issues research. The first part describes the work of a few remarkable women in the early part of the century whose scientific participation and feminist orientations were equally unusual. It then focuses on the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), which was founded in 1937, and traces the various stages of women's participation in it, beginning with its essentially all male leadership for over 20 years (with a few notable exceptions), through the flurry of short-lived feminist concerns after World War II, to the dramatic upsurge of female leadership and scholarship of the past two decades. Some potential reasons for the 20-year hiatus between postwar feminist interests and similar concerns in the late 1960s are discussed.
WOMEN, PSYCHOLOGY, AND SOCIAL ISSUES RESEARCH
Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 665–676, December 1991
How to Cite
Katz, P. A. (1991), WOMEN, PSYCHOLOGY, AND SOCIAL ISSUES RESEARCH. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 15: 665–676. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1991.tb00438.x
The author would like to acknowledge the help of Lynda Fuerstnau in helping to locate SPSSI materials, Eleanor Downey in diligently searching for old references, Vicky Damiata in compiling them, and Tracy Shepard for deciphering and typing the original manuscript.
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