Martha Tamara Schuch Mednick
Both through her psychological research and through her collaboration with African–American, Israeli, and Arab women scholars, Martha Tamara Schuch Mednick helped long–silenced minorities express their experiences. Mednick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in school psychology from New York’s City College and went on to earn a PhD from Northwestern in 1955. While she spent her early career raising a family and frequently changing jobs to follow her husband, after their divorce in 1964 she became a professor at Howard University, where she taught for thirty years. There she mentored many leading African American psychologists. She chaired the American Psychological Association’s ad–hoc committee leading to the creation in 1973 of a new division that focused on the psychology of women, and served as the division’s president from 1976–1977. Two years later she co–edited Women and Achievement, a collection of long-term studies of women’s careers. She also wrote “Social Change and Sex Role Inertia: The Case of the Kibbutz,” which debunked the myth of Israeli settlers’ gender equality. In 1981 she organized the first international interdisciplinary conference on women at Haifa University, bringing together American, Israeli, and Arab women scholars.
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