Inspiring Women who changed psychology

March 12, 2018 3:18 pm Published by

Inspiring Women who changed psychology

Following International Women’s Day on 8 March, we take a closer look at 10 influential and pioneering women in psychology and celebrate their impact on their contribution to psychology.

For many studying psychology you may be forgiven for thinking all early psychologists were men, as the valid contributions from female psychologists are often overlooked in text books.  But women have made significant contributions to psychology since the early 1900s.

Here are just some of the women – how many do you recognise?

  1. Mary Whiton Calkins
  2. Anna Freud
  3. Mary Ainsworth
  4. Leta Stetter Hollingworth
  5. Karen Horney
  6. Melanie Klein
  7. Mamie Phipps Clark
  8. Christine Ladd-Franklin
  9. Margaret Floy Washburn
  10. Eleanor Maccoby


Despite facing discrimination due to their sex and not being allowed to study with men, all these women and more have made important contributions to the early development of psychology as a science.

Interestingly while women once made up a minority in psychology, times have changed and today, women make up nearly two-thirds of all psychology graduate students.

Find out more about  all the women in this article from Verywellmind 


Anna Freud (pictured above)
The daughter of Sigmund Freud, an influential psychologist in her own right, her many accomplishments include developing the field of child psychoanalysis.


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