Ellen Kimmel

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Fall 1974


Women psychologists in the South are doing something about the problem of minority status in their profession. Less than 20 percent of all psychologists are female. Worse yet, even a smaller number are employed in academic institutions where they might serve as role models for women students who are in the process of choosing a career. In fact, only nine percent of the faculty of Southern psychology departments are female. Since jobs in psychology usually require a doctorate, young women must prepare for such careers much as they would for law or medicine. But what if women students attend institutions which have no women psychologists or perhaps few women faculty members in general? In a field that encompasses diverse areas—from computers to anxiety-syndromes—women in psychology tend to cluster in certain "feminine" ones: child or clinical psychology, for example, hardly representative of psychology's range of possibilities.



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