The Histories


The goal of this paper is to provide readers with knowledge that women played a role in the development of the field of psychology in the United States. First, the cultural influences during the time period of the early development of psychology as a distinct discipline will be reviewed. This will include a brief overview of feminist efforts during the 1800s, as well as societal views and barriers for women in the late 1800s to the early 1900s when psychology was being delineated and established as a separate profession. This will help to increase the understanding of how difficult and incredible an achievement it was for the women who were able to contribute to psychology at that time. Next, some of these specific women and their accomplishments will be presented. While a comprehensive biography of these women and their work is beyond the present scope, hopefully readers will begin to gain an appreciation for the struggles, triumphs, and contributions of women in early American psychology.