Imagined Conversations: Women Past and Feminist Presence
The purpose of this assignment is to have you familiarize yourself more deeply with women in
psychology/gender issues in psychology and to develop the ability to historically contextualize
the experiences and contributions of psychologists.
For this assignment, you will be required to write an imagined conversation between a
psychologist you select from the Women Past section of the Psychology’s Feminist Voices
website (http://www.feministvoices.com), and a psychologist you select from the Feminist
Presence part of the site. You are free to pick any two psychologists, but you must have a
rationale for the pairing – that is, why would these two psychologists be interesting to put “in
Possible rationales for pairing include similarities or differences with respect to social
location, research topic, methodological orientation, political values, etc.
You should read all of the material about each psychologist that is available at their
respective profile pages, and any other secondary literature that you think is necessary for
constructing this imagined conversation. Note that there are extensive lists of secondary sources
that you could consult at the Resources link on both Women Past and Feminist Presence
homepages. Note also that your textbook chapter on the science and politics of gender (Chapter
11) would also be a good source for background information, and there is a 40-minute video at
the site entitled The Changing Face of Feminist Psychology that you can also consult.
Preface your conversation with a brief introduction in which you 1) identify and describe
your two speakers (where and when do/did they work, in what area of psychology, on what
topics), and 2) present the rationale for your pairing. Your elaboration of these two points should
take up about one page.
Then, assume that the two speakers are located in their own historical period and place
but can communicate across time. What would they each like to know about the other’s
experiences? What has changed in psychology, what has remained the same? Have they faced
similar or different challenges and why? What observations might each have of the other’s career
and their specific lines of research or practice? Make sure the conversation is bi-directional (that
information flows both ways) and is historically and contextually accurate.
Practical Considerations: •Word limit is 1500 words (not including references or footnotes, if used)
•Please double-space, use 12-pt font, one-inch margins
•Be sure to include a title page that includes the name you have given to the conversation, your
full name, and your student number
•To cite sources other than the site itself, include a reference list at the end of your paper using
APA referencing style. Note: All of the reference lists on the site are constructed using APA
referencing style, so you can use these as your models. Also, there is specific referencing
information given for how to cite the oral history interviews that appear on the site on the first
page of the oral history transcripts themselves.