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Helen Woolley Thompson in APA’s Monitor

The most recent Time Capsule section of the APA’s Monitor on Psychology features an article on the work of early female psychologist Helen Thompson Woolley. Authored by Katharine S. Milar, of Earlham College, the article begins with the now often reproduced quote from Thompson Woolley circa 1910, which reads:

“There is perhaps no field aspiring to be scientific where flagrant personal bias, logic martyred in the cause of supporting a prejudice, unfounded assertions, and even sentimental rot and drivel, have run riot to such an extent as here.”

Milar then goes on to detail Thompson Woolley’s efforts to disprove, through her psychological research, what were at the time accepted gender differences in mental abilities.

The article can be read online here.