Rhoda K. Unger

Rhoda K. Unger is a professor emerita of psychology at Montclair State University and a resident scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She received her B. S. in psychology from Brooklyn College and her M. A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Harvard University. She is the author and/or editor of nine books on the psychology of women. These include Women and Gender: A Feminist Perspective (4th edition; 2004); Handbook of the Psychology of Women and Gender (2001) and Resisting Gender: Twenty-Five Years of Feminist Psychology (1998). She has been president of two divisions of the American Psychological Association: The Society for the Psychology of Women and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

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Ethel Tobach

Despite the enormous number and range of her contributions to psychology, Ethel Tobach appears to have slipped through the net even of those historians of psychology who are interested in reaffirming women’s contributions to the field. One possible reason for this neglect is that many of Tobach’s scientific contributions have been in comparative and physiological psychology—areas that are not well understood by many psychologists and that attract few women.

Psychology in the United States

Jewish women in psychology have made their most important contributions in two areas—clinical psychology and the social psychology of intergroup relationships, especially as it involves groups marginalized in our society.

Martha Tamara Schuch Mednick

One of the most influential women in the development of the psychology of women is Martha Mednick. She was born on March 31, 1929, in New York City of working-class immigrant parents who “had an almost mystical belief in the power of education to change the condition of life.”

Marie Jahoda

Marie Jahoda was a major figure in social psychology, known for her work on the effects of unemployment on emotional well-being, as well as the social impact of McCarthy-era blacklisting. Jahoda received an award for distinguished contributions to the public interest from the American Psychological Association in 1979.

Florence Levin Denmark

The existence of two autobiographies and two biographies attest to the importance of Florence Denmark’s contributions to American psychology. However, none of these published materials mention the fact that she is Jewish, probably because she has never felt that her Jewish heritage is particularly salient to her. Nevertheless, like the work of other Jewish women of her generation, Denmark’s contributions to psychology have been socially activist in nature. She is a founder of the field of the psychology of women, and has contributed much to its legitimization in terms of both scholarship and organizational leadership.

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