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Radical Visionaries: Feminist Therapy Pioneers, 1970-1975

1st Edition

Edited by Claudia Pitts, Debra M. Kawahara


214 pages

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Radical Visionaries documents and honours those feminist therapy pioneers of the 1970s who moved the mental health establishment, and possibly the world, through radical action, to begin to consider women as fully human. It is remarkable today, even in these difficult times, to realize how far we have come, and to know it was these women who galvanized this move forward toward self-exploration and equality. As we move into the current era of feminism and social justice, it is imperative to pause to consider how these ‘second wave’ feminist pioneers gave us feminist therapy and all that followed from it. From the earliest stages of the movement, feminists used consciousness raising, which moved into the notion of the egalitarian therapy and ultimately led toward a cultural shift towards female empowerment and the groundswell of women into clinical psychology programs. These founding feminist therapists impacted structures including the criminal justice system, divorce proceedings, domestic violence services, education, medicine, and banking. This book highlight these women’s stories, told by the pioneers themselves, as they forged the trail for those of us who follow them. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women & Therapy.

Table of Contents

Preface Ellyn Kaschak

Introduction: Radical Visionaries – Feminist Psychotherapists: 1970-1975 Claudia Pitts and Debra M. Kawahara

1. Jean Baker Miller, MD, Visionary Pragmatist Judith V. Jordan

2. Feminist Pioneer: Annette Brodsky Paving the Way Claudia Porras Pyland and Debra Mollen

3. Phyllis Chesler – A Life on Behalf of Women Claudia Pitts

4. Feminist Therapy: Pioneer E. Kitch Childs Wytress Richardson

5. "You Just Know It’s the Only Thing You Can Think": A Conversation with Chodorow Mengchun Chiang

6. The Amazing Life and Times of Oliva Espín Debra M. Kawahara

7. Feminism, Therapy, and Changing the World Miriam Greenspan

8. Those Were the Best of Times, and Then… Rachel T. Hare-Mustin

9. The Proud and Productive Life of a Red-Diaper Baby: Judith Herman Kayla Weiner

10. Dis-Illusioning Psychology: Epistemology and the Contextual Psychology of Ellyn Kaschak Natalie Porter

11. Hannah Lerman: My Feminist Journey Hannah Lerman

12. Harriet Lerner: A Feminist Voice From the Wheat Fields Harriet Lerner

13. Blowing in the Wind: ‘70s Questions for Millennial Therapists Jeanne Marecek

14. Sara Sharratt: Global Feminist Pioneer Ellen Abell and Claudia Pitts

15. Feminist Psychology and Psychotherapy: A Personal Journey Reiko Homma-True

16. Feminist Pioneer: Lenore E.A. Walker Giselle Gaviria, Rachel Needle, Rachael Silverman and Lenore E.A. Walker

About the Editors

Claudia Pitts is an Associate Professor in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement at National Louis University, Chicago, USA, where she is director of the Master’s in Psychology program. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a group practice. Her professional interests focus on the intersections between emotional and physical health.

Debra M. Kawahara is Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, USA. She also maintains a small private practice. Her primary areas of interests include feminism, multicultural psychology, family systems and processes, cultural competency, and qualitative methodology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General