The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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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

Born in the Ukraine, Ethel Tobach spent most of her life in New York City as a professor, museum curator, and above all, a prolific researcher. She also held several leadership positions in prominent scientific associations, often combining her scientific abilities with her passion for social activism. However, her accomplishments are often overlooked by the psychological community.

Psychology in the United States

Although Jewish women in psychology generally deemphasized their Jewish identities in favor of identifying their work with scientific objectivity and universal human paradigms, they have been well represented in the field as theorists, researchers, and pioneers. They have made their most important contributions in two areas—clinical psychology and the social psychology of intergroup relations, especially as it involves groups marginalized in our society.

Martha Tamara Schuch Mednick

Both through her psychological research and through her collaboration with a diverse group of women scholars, Martha Tamara Schuch Mednick helped long–silenced minorities express their experiences. Her accomplishments included a paper that debunked the myth of Israeli settlers’ gender equality and the organization of the first international interdisciplinary conference on women, bringing together American, Israeli, and Arab women scholars.

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

Florence Levin Denmark helped found the field of women’s psychology and built crucial support for it in academic circles.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rhoda K. Unger." (Viewed on June 4, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/unger-rhoda>.

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