The First Generation Of Women Psychologists Essay

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Summary While the pioneering first-generation of women psychologists has been well documented and ingrained in the history of psychology, the gap left afterward, failed to recognize the second-generation of women psychologists. Synthesizing literature from a variety of published resources including obituaries and autobiographies, Johnston and Johnson chronicled their search to identify the “lost generation”. The main focus of this article was to not only search and acknowledge the second-generation, but also to address the challenges this transitional group of women faced in comparison to those who had presumably opened the doors for them.
To begin, the passing of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote signified a change in atmosphere. Diversity was enhanced compared to the predominately white, upper-class, Protestants that made up all of the first-generation women psychologists (Johnston & Johnson, 2008, p.55). Yet, prejudices didn’t just go away with the arrival of woman’s suffrage. Women had it tough to begin with, but those of color and Jewish descent faced even bigger obstacles in gaining access to the field. Struggles that were common to the female pioneers of psychology weren’t the same as those the second-generation endured. Instead, problems shifted within what little access this “modern” generation of women psychologists were allotted. According to Johnston and Johnson (2008), the first-generation of women psychologists were not offered…

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