Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 76: Women's Leadership in Psychology
Women's leadership in psychology Psychology became a scientific discipline in the latter half of the 19th century when Wilhelm Wundt, a German physiologist, began using scientific research methods to study human consciousness (Goodwin, 2008). Since that time, psychology has grown in a way that has been both influenced by and reflective of the evolving zeitgeist (i.e., the prevailing ideas of a particular time and place). The leadership of women in psychology has been influenced by and reflective of the changing zeitgeist as well. In the mid- to late 19th century, as psychology was launched as a discipline, prevailing cultural ideas held that women were not suited to work outside the home. This limited their opportunities to be leaders, but as the zeitgeist evolved, opportunities for women increased so that the number of women leaders in the field of psychology has grown tremendously. It is troubling, though, that many remain unfamiliar ...