Margaret Washburn

The First Female Psychologist


Born- July 25th 1871

Passed Away- October 29 1939 (age 68)

Raised in Harlem by her father

Graduated in 1886 and entered college at 15 years old

Developed strong interest in philosophy through poetry and other literary works

Became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she was first introduced to psychology

Became first woman to receive a PHD in psychology

Her textbook "The Animal Mind: A Textbook of Comparative Psychology" is seen as her most significant contribution to psychology

The Animal Mind covered a range of mental activities beginning with senses and perception including hearing, vision, kinesthetic and tactual sensation

Came up with "Motor Theory" which focused exclusively on consciousness and the rising view of behaviorism