Historical Highlights

1960s

1962

  • Martha Bernal is the first Latina to earn a PhD in psychology

1963

  • Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique" is published

  • November 22, John F. Kennedy assassinated

1966

  • National Organization for Women is founded

1968

  • Association of Black Psychologists is founded

  • April 4, Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

1969

  • At the annual APA convention, collective feminist action shuts down the booths of employers with sex-discriminatory advertisements

  • Formation of the Association for Women in Psychology — JoAnnEvans Gardner is first (temporary) president

1970s

1970

  • Phyllis Chesler and Nancy Henley present the Demand for Reparations at the APA Town Hall Meeting in Miami

  • Association por La Raza is formed. Edward Casavantes is guiding force

  • Task Force on the Status of Women in Psychology is formed. Helen Astin is appointed chair

  • Boston Women’s Health Collective publishes first edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves"

1971

  • Network of Indian Psychologists is formed by Carolyn Attneave

1972

  • Anne Anastasi is third female president of the APA after a 50-year gap

  • Asian American Psychological Association is founded

1973

  • Division 35 is approved by the APA Council of Representatives as a result of one of the recommendations of the Task Force on the Status of Women. Elizabeth Douvan is the first president

  • Committee on Women in Psychology is formed. Martha Mednick is the first chair

  • Landmark legal decision Roe V. Wade makes abortion legal in the United States

1974

  • Jan. 1, Division 35 is officially instituted

  • Committee on Research Guidelines is formed. Ethel Tobach is first chair

  • APA Task Force on Sex Bias and Sex Role Stereotyping in Psychotherapeutic Practice is formed

1975

  • Georgia Babladel is named first editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly

  • Annual Review of Psychology published first review chapter on psychology of women

1976

  • First issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly appears

  • Division 35 Task Force on Black Womens Concerns appointed. Carolyn Payton, Saundra Rice Murray, Gwendolyn Puryear and Winnie Emoungo are first members

1977

  • Task Force on the Concerns of Hispanic Women is formed. Martha Bernal is the first chair

  • Women’s Programs Office established. Nancy Felipe Russo named first director

  • APA Ethics Code changed to prohibit sexual contact between therapists and clients

1978

  • Gloria Steinem presents an invited address at the APA convention in Toronto

  • Pamela Trotman Reid is first president of the Committee on Black Women's Concerns

1980s

1980

  • Florence L. Denmark is the fifth woman to be elected president of the APA

1982

  • First meeting of the Feminist Therapy Institute

1984

  • Florence Denmark, Carolyn Payton and Laurie Eyde receive the first APA Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Awards

1985

  • Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual issues is formed

1986

  • Task Force on Nonsexist Research is formed

  • 1987 Bonnie R. Strickland is the seventh woman to be elected president of the APA

1988

  • Task Force on Feminist Research and Epistemology & the Teaching the Psychology of Women Institute are established

1990s

1990-1992

  • Task Force on Cultural Diversity in Feminist Psychology is formed, chaired by Hope Landrine

1992

  • Report of the APA Task Force on Violence against Women is issued

1995

  • First book published in the Division 35 book series. Edited by Hope Landrine, it is titled "Bringing Cultural Diversity to Feminist Psychology"

  • Division 35 becomes the fourth largest division of the APA

21st Century

2000

  • Report of the APA Task Force on Women in Academe

2001

  • Norine Johnson is the eighth woman to be elected president of the APA

2004

  • Diane Halpern is the ninth woman to be elected president of the APA

2007

  • Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls

2009

  • Report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion