Women in Psychology History

Women's History Month

Mary Ainsworth

Mary Ainsworth (1913 - 1999) who provided the most famous body of research offering explanations of individual differences in attachment. She came up with an assessment technique called the Strange Situation Classification (SSC) in order to investigate how attachments might vary between children.

Leta Hollingworth

She is known for her important work with exceptional children, but she was also one of the early pioneers in the psychology of women. She challenged the view at the time that women less gifted and talented than men by conducting a large scale study of more than 2,000 male and female infants. She later shifted her focus to the study of exceptional children and the environmental and educational factors that could help nurture giftedness.
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