Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology - Vol. 2

Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology - Vol. 2

Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology - Vol. 2

Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology - Vol. 2

Synopsis

Providing role models of excellence for contemporary women and men and contributing to the understanding of the educational and career development of high achieving women, these autobiographical essays of seventeen women and their achievements generate a deeper appreciation of the vital role of women in the development of contemporary psychology.

Excerpt

As a student and also as a teacher of the history of psychology, I have always enjoyed reading about the lives and accomplishments of eminent psychologists. Early in my career, however, I was chagrined to discover the paucity of published material about the lives and works of women psychologists. Although women have been active participants in psychology since the inception of the field, their contributions have not been appropriately recognized.

Agnes N. O'Connell and Nancy Felipe Russo, themselves models of achievement in psychology, have played leadership roles in helping to correct the historical record. Volume 1 of Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology, published in 1983, was an important step toward recognizing and recording the contributions of women in the history of psychology. Volume 2, another important scholarly contribution, is greeted with great enthusiasm.

This book presents in their own style the life stories of 17 eminent women who have made noteworthy advances in both theory and research in mid-20th century psychology. These stories provide fascinating and informative reading for both students and professionals and also for historians of psychology as the centennial year (1992) of the American Psychological Association approaches. O'Connell and Russo's second volume is unique in presenting the autobiographies of the five living women to have attained the office of president of that organization: Anne Anastasi, Florence L. Denmark, Janet Taylor Spence, Bonnie R. Strickland . . .

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