2-Volume Set
• Volume 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds
• Volume 2: Perspectives on Women's Private and Public Lives


As a formal field of study, the psychology of women has pushed the boundaries of traditional theory, produced breakthroughs in methodology, and built links to some of the most challenging problems of our time. It remains an intellectually vibrant and socially relevant area, including initiatives that not only have changed the epistemology of knowledge but also have expanded our understanding of ourselves and of the world.

Across this two-volume set, chapter authors provide scholarly reviews and in-depth analyses of subjects within their areas of expertise. Themes of status and power inform many chapters.

Volume 1 begins by outlining the emergence of the psychology of women and its connections with the women's movement. This is followed by feminist critiques of theory, descriptions of innovative methodologies, and discussions of difference and similarity, both between women and men and between gender and sexuality. The social and economic contexts surrounding these issues are reviewed, as are dichotomies sustained by sexism, stereotypes, and prejudice. Volume 1 concludes with chapters that address the uniquely intersecting components of individual experience.

Volume 2 focuses on applied subjects. It begins with a section on psychological well-being, including therapeutic models of gender, feminist goals of empowerment, multicultural feminism, and the borderlands of gender identity. Following is a discussion of close relationships, including issues of intimacy, equity, and changing models of family. Victimization and narratives of victimhood are described next, as are leadership, community, politics, and women in the workplace. The volume concludes with a discussion of women's roles and agency throughout the world, with special attention given to human rights and reproductive justice.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds

Editorial Board

About the Editors-in-Chief


A Note From the Publisher


I. Making History: Landmarks of a Movement

  1. Reimagining the History of the Psychology of Women
    Elizabeth Johnston and Ann Johnson
  2. Modern Misogyny and Backlash
    Kristin J. Anderson
  3. Moving From Sisterhood to Girl Power
    Emilie Zaslow

II. Finding Meaning Through a Feminist Lens

  1. Feminist Critiques of Psychology
    Joan C. Chrisler and Maureen C. McHugh
  2. Making a Difference: Feminist Scholarship
    Alice H. Eagly
  3. Qualitative Inquiry in Feminist Psychology
    Jeanne Marecek and Eva Magnusson

III. Seeing Beyond Difference to Commonalities

  1. Gender Similarities
    Janet Shibley Hyde
  2. Biological Essentialism, Gender, True Belief, Confirmation Biases, and Skepticism
    Patricia Adair Gowaty
  3. The Sex/Gender Distinction: Beyond F and M
    Diana Schellenberg and Anelis Kaiser
  4. The Gendering of Emotion and the Psychology of Women
    Stephanie A. Shields, Heather J. MacArthur, and Kaitlin T. McCormick

IV. Sexuality and Gender: Research, Performativity, Power, and Pleasure

  1. Performing the Self: Performativity and Discursive Psychology
    Julia C. Nentwich and Tracy Morison
  2. Sexuality, Pleasure, Power, and Danger: Points of Tension, Contradiction, and Conflict
    Breanne Fahs, Eric Swank, and Sara I. McClelland
  3. Objectification Theory: Continuing Contributions to Feminist Psychology
    Tomi-Ann Roberts, Rachel M. Calogero, and Sarah J. Gervais
  4. Teen and Young Adult Sexual Desire and the Importance of "Yes"
    Zoë D. Peterson
  5. Women's Sexuality: Victims, Objects, or Agents?
    Camille J. Interligi and Maureen C. McHugh

V. Crediting the Context of Sexism, Class, and Status

  1. Warmth and Competence: A Feminist Look at Power and Negotiation
    Rachel A. Connor and Susan T. Fiske
  2. Gender Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Shifting Standards
    Monica Biernat
  3. Benevolent Sexism and the Status of Women
    Peter Glick and Liana Raberg
  4. From Modern Sexism to Gender Microaggressions: Understanding Contemporary Forms of Sexism and Their Influence on Diverse Women
    Jioni A. Lewis
  5. Socioeconomic Status, Social Class, Subjective Social Status, and Subjective Well-Being: Examples of Women's Appraisals of Their Health and Work
    Karen Fraser Wyche and Shari E. Miles-Cohen
  6. Feminism, Psychology, and the Gender Pay Gap
    Hilary M. Lips

VI. Growing Up: Feminist Critiques of Development

  1. Growing Up Gendered: Feminist Perspectives on Development
    Rachael D. Robnett, Elizabeth A. Daniels, and Campbell Leaper
  2. The Sexualization of Girls
    Eileen L. Zurbriggen
  3. Development of a Gendered Narrative Identity
    Robyn Fivush and Kelly Marin
  4. Midlife Transitions
    Claire Etaugh
  5. Redefining Gendered Old Age: A Feminist and Power Perspective
    Varda Muhlbauer, Eleanor Pardess, and Nava Haruvy

VII. Identity, Inclusiveness, and Intersectionality

  1. Intersectionality Theory in the Psychology of Women
    Leah R. Warner, Isis H. Settles, and Stephanie A. Shields
  2. History, Aspirations, and Transformations of Intersectionality: Focusing on Gender
    Vickie M. Mays and Negin Ghavami
  3. Intersectionality Applied: Intersectionality Is as Intersectionality Does
    Cirleen DeBlaere, Laurel B. Watson, and Kimberly J. Langrehr
  4. Intersectionality and Feminist Psychology: Power, Knowledge, and Process
    Patrick R. Grzanka


Volume 2: Perspectives on Women's Private and Public Lives

Editorial Board


I. Locating Psychological Well-Being in Context

  1. Feminist Therapy and Empowerment
    Carolyn Zerbe Enns
  2. Feminist Critique of and Integration With Diagnostic and Therapeutic Treatment Models
    Roberta L. Nutt and Elizabeth Nutt Williams
  3. Psychotherapy With Girls: The Problems of Real Girls and the Distractions of Diagnosis
    Sharon Lamb and Madeline Brodt
  4. A Multicultural Feminist Approach to Clinical Supervision
    Phi Loan Le, Norma Kehdi, and Christine Ricohermoso-Shiaw
  5. Feminisms, Politics, and Psychotherapy
    Susan L. Morrow, Elizabeth M. Abrams, Donna Hawxhurst, and LeLaina Romero

II. Shifting Views of Close Relationships

  1. Negotiating Equity and Relationship Satisfaction With One's Partner
    Irene Hanson Frieze, Melinda Marie Ciccocioppo, and Rhiya Khosla
  2. Women's Love and Friendship
    Suzanna M. Rose and Michelle M. Hospital
  3. Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in the Family Lives of Girls and Women
    Charlotte J. Patterson

III. Narratives of Victimhood: Moving From Victim to Survivor

  1. A History of Gender-Based Violence
    Sarah L. Cook, Rebecca A. Wilson, and Emily B. Thomas
  2. Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in the United States: Toward an Evolving Psychosocial–Historical Definition
    Paola Michelle Contreras
  3. Sexual Assault in the Military
    Alayne J. Ormerod and Jennifer Steel
  4. Sexual Harassment in Work Organizations: A View From the 21st Century
    Louise F. Fitzgerald and Lilia M. Cortina
  5. Envisioning Comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention for College Campuses
    Victoria L. Banyard and Sharyn J. Potter
  6. A Feminist Analysis of Women's Aggression in Intimate Relationships
    Suzanne C. Swan, Andrew T. Schramm, Echo A. Rivera, Peter Warren, C. Nicole White, and Lane Satcher

IV. Challenging Deficit Models of Women's Health

  1. Gender Equity, Power, and Reproductive Justice: Elusive Goals for Women
    Linda J. Beckman
  2. Breastfeeding and Feminism: Shifting the Center
    Paige Hall Smith
  3. Women and Disability: The Role of Feminist Psychology
    Martha E. Banks
  4. Stereotyping, Bias, and Decision Making in Health Care
    Dawn M. Goel

V. The Changing Nature of Work and Leadership

  1. Women, Power, and the Career Labyrinth
    Linda L. Carli
  2. Navigating the Political Labyrinth: Gender Stereotypes and Prejudice in U.S. Elections
    Angela L. Bos, Monica C. Schneider, and Brittany L. Utz
  3. Discrimination and Identity Management Among Diverse Women
    Wendi S. Williams
  4. The Changing Gender Composition of Professions: Lessons for Psychology
    Kristina Hallett, Ruth Fassinger, Shari E. Miles-Cohen, Tanya Burrwell, Earlise Ward, and Jennifer P. Wisdom

VI. Feminist Perspectives on Career Challenges for Women

  1. The Work–Family Interface
    Rosalind C. Barnett, Robert T. Brennan, and Soomi Lee
  2. Women and Work in the Academy
    Susan A. Basow
  3. In the Company of Feminist Science
    Mary Wyer
  4. Choice, Context, and Constraint: When and Why Do Women Disengage From STEM?
    Amanda B. Diekman and Melissa A. Fuesting

VII. Mapping Global Perspectives

  1. United Nations International Conventions and Changes in Women's Roles
    Corann Okorodudu
  2. Women and Human Rights: Concepts, Debates, Progress, and Implications
    Silvia Sara Canetto
  3. Measurement and Analysis of Nation-Level Gender Equity in the Psychology of Women
    Nicole M. Else-Quest and Veronica Hamilton
  4. Women's Leadership Within a Global Perspective
    Jean Lau Chin, Afshan Ladha, and Vanessa Li


Editor Bios

Cheryl B. Travis, PhD, is emerita professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she also chaired the Women's Studies Program from 2001 to 2014. Her research in the area of women's health has focused on patterns in medical decision making, access to and quality of health care, and race and gender disparities in cardiovascular care.

She is the author of two volumes on women's health, and — with Jacquelyn W. White — is coeditor of a volume titled Sexuality, Society, and Feminism. In addition, she edited a feminist analysis titled Evolution, Gender, and Rape.

She is the founding editor (1992–2003) of the Psychology of Women Book Series, published by APA, and was associate editor of the American Psychologist (1993–2006).

She has held several positions within the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), including editor of the newsletter (1980–1982) and president (1995).

She has chaired both the APA Board of Convention Affairs and the APA Board of Scientific Affairs. She was a two-term member of the APA Finance Committee, a member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs, chair of the APA Women's Caucus of Council, and a member of the APA Committee on Women in Psychology (2014–2016).

She received the Committee on Women in Psychology's Distinguished Leadership Award (1999), Society for the Psychology of Women Carolyn Wood Sherif Award (2005), and the first Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Service (2002).

She is an APA fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9), the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology (APA Division 34), and the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38).

Jacquelyn W. White, PhD, is emerita professor of psychology and former director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also served as associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences.

She has conducted research on gender issues, sexual victimization, and intimate partner violence for more than 35 years, and led one of the first longitudinal studies of sexual and physical dating violence among adolescents and college students. She also led the Office of Violence Against Women's research and evaluation strategic planning project.

She recently served as a participant in the Technology and Women: Protection and Peril symposium sponsored by the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is cofounder and past president of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, as well as one of the co-organizers of ARC3 (Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative), a national group working to ensure that campus climate surveys of sexual misconduct are rooted in empirically based research.

In addition to being a former American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow, she is a past editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly, past president of the Southeastern Psychological Association, and past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women.

She was coeditor of the two-volume series on Violence Against Women and Children, as well as coeditor (with Cheryl Travis) of Sexuality, Society, and Feminism: Psychological Perspectives on Women, both published by APA.

She is recipient of the Society for the Psychology of Women's 2008 Carolyn Wood Sherif Award and the 2011 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Service. In 2010, she received the APA Committee of Women in Psychology's Leadership Award.

She is an APA fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9) and the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35).

Reviews & Awards

This handbook demonstrates the extensive scholarship on women's experience and feminist theories as it applies to research, training, and practice. Its publication marks a significant shift in the field of psychology over the last 50 years, as researchers and clinicians have developed a new schema for understanding the psychology of women, and ultimately for all human beings.