Iconic Women in Psychology

Myranda Hardwick

Mary Whiton Calkins

As the American Psychological Association's first female president, Calkins has published many works in psychology and philosophy. Though she mainly researched memory, she had a large interest in defining the self. Her life's work concluded that the self is indefinable, as well as many breakthrough research on memory.

Karen Horney

Horney is well-known for her work in feminine psychology as well as neurosis. Challenging many of Freud's earlier ideas about feminine psychology, Horney worked to change many of the widely-accepted (and inaccurate) views on females.

Mary Ainsworth

Ainsworth sculpted today's understanding of mother-infant relationships. Her studies contributed inspiration and insight to many psychologists around the world, peaking their interest to further conduct research within her work.

Elizabeth Loftus

Loftus' work has affected not only views in psychology, but changed the way the modern court system works today. Her important work on human memory recall has provided insight that changed the court system and kept eye-witness testimonies from sending innocent people to prison.

Brenda Milner

Milner has been crowned as the "founder of neuropsychology" because of her life-long research, publications, and seminars to inform the world of her exemplary and dedicated work. Focused on left/right brain, as well as neural pathways involved in language learning, Milner has changed the world of psychology.

Virginia Satir

Approaching with a new perspective, Satir argued that mental health problems were caused by negative family experiences. She believed the treatment of an entire family, instead of just the individual patient, would work better. She emphasizes the importance of self-worth and recognition.