Women and Gender: Transforming Psychology

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Well-grounded in research, this accessible book presents psychology as it has been transformed -- and is being transformed -- by the inclusion of women in the discipline. It discusses the changes that a feminist vision of psychology has made in everything from the methods used to the topics being studied, until ultimately, the readers' views of psychology and themselves are transformed. Chapter topics cover feminist transformations of psychology; the intersection of sex, gender, and sexuality; women's lives from adolescence through old age; gender comparisons; sexism: sexist prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination; women's multiple roles; women's physical health, mental health, male violence against girls and women; and making a difference: transforming ourselves, our relationships, and our society.

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Well-grounded in research, this accessible book presents psychology as it has been transformed and is being transformed by women. It discusses the changes that a feminist vision of psychology has made in everything from the methods used to the topics studied. With its solid grounding in contemporary feminist scholarship, this book focuses on important issues such as violence against women, health psychology, work-family balance, development across the life-course, and sexist discrimination.Written to be reader-friendly, the book weaves a cohesive story that delivers its main points in a clear and straightforward manner. And, rather than separating womenÕs experiences by stereotyped subgroups, this book integrates the diversity of womenÕs experiences to present as inclusive a picture as possible of women and womenÕs lives. An essential reference on feminist influence in psychology for every professional in psychology and sociology.

About the Author:

Jan Yoder earned her doctorate in psychology in 1979 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her interests in women, gender, and feminism developed professionally through her observations of the first women cadets at West Point and personally through her own struggles with sexual harassment, dual-career challenges, work-family juggling, and women's universal exposure to sexism. Her job paths traveled a circuitous but enlightening route through West Point, where she stood out as one of the first two civilian women to teach at the Academy; through a small student-centered college in St. Louis, Webster University; through an exhilarating foray into the world of advertising and marketing research in Chicago at DDB Needham Worldwide; to large research-oriented universities in Milwaukee and finally Akron. The wealth of these diverse experiences comes through in this book as she blends a strong research base with her sensitivity to women's and men's everyday lives and with an engaging style that comes from teaching for over 20 years in a variety of college and university settings.

She served as Director of Women's Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1989-1992 and has typically contributed to Women's Studies programs at the universities where she has worked. She also has been very active in the Society for the Psychology of Women (APR's Division 35), serving as program chair for the 1994 convention, newsletter editor, secretary, and president in 2000-2001.

She now lives in Akron, Ohio with her awesome children, Kate and Dan, her soul-mate partner, sociologist John Zipp, and her working-late dog and cat companions, Sandy and Emma. She remembers enjoying reading, gardening, hiking, weight-lifting, cooking, and needlework, but with kids, job, this book . . . they seem like distant memories. If you'd like to contact her, e-mail is a good bet: jyoder@uakron.edu.

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