Statement of APA President in Support of International Women's Day

WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, to mark International Women's Day:

"On this International Women's Day, the American Psychological Association reaffirms its support for women's equality the world over. We pledge to continue our efforts to end gender disparities, domestic violence and sex discrimination. Gender-based violence, disparities and discrimination remain common, and result in reduced quality of life, distress, injury and death for women; they also have serious secondary side effects for families, communities and the economy. APA draws upon psychological research to advocate for policies that combat these issues, advancing equal rights and self-determination for all.

"APA stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who today are marching, protesting and speaking out on behalf of women the world over. In this year of #MeToo and the Time's Up campaign, the work that psychology does in support of women's equality is more important than ever."

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.