Reid, the psychology of women and gender issues; Hyde, psychometrics; Bartoshuk and Matlin, sensation and perception; Deaux, Hatfield, and Katz, social psychology; and Albino, Bricklin, Cantor, Horowitz, Johnson, Keith-Spiegel, and Willis, techniques of assessment, evaluation, and training.
It is clear that a new way of thinking about and perceiving women encourages equality of access, opportunity, and recognition. The concept and perception of women as partners in progress, as exemplars, as fully functioning, competent, capable contributors to psychology and to society illustrated in these volumes are crucial for a future marked by equality, excellence, and progress.
These autobiographies provide an incentive for achieving these goals now and in the future. To clarify the context and contents of these autobiographies, this book employs three levels of analysis: the universal for all women; the group for women in psychology (and by extension for other professional women); and the individual for a particular person. The universal level is presented in an overview chapter on the historical and social context of the 20th century, the context for women, and the context for women and the field of psychology. The group level is presented in a chapter examining similarities and differences in the lives and careers of the 19 eminent women; further comparisons are made between the women in this volume and the 34 eminent women in the two earlier volumes to delineate transhistoric and time-specific trends and patterns. The distinguished women themselves present the individual level in their autobiographies.
The autobiographies in these volumes provide a history of the development of psychology through the lens of women who contributed to its progress in the 20th century as well as a history of the development of their lives and careers.
The autobiographies and analyses are a source of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration for men and women and for the field of psychology. It is hoped that these volumes will be the catalyst for a revolution of concept and vision, a new way of thinking about and looking at women in psychology and in society, and a new conceptualization, perception, and recognition of women as partners in progress across time.
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