Karen Horney

Category : Psychology, Women
Karen Horney

Karen Danielsen studied medicine at the universities of Freiburg, Göttingen, and Berlin, taking her M.D. degree from the last in 1911. (In 1909 she

Mary Henle

Category : Psychology, Women
Mary Henle

For a woman of her generation, Mary Henle grew up in an unusual family. Born July 14, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, Henle’s mother was

Jennifer Firestone

Category : Women, Writing
Jennifer Firestone

Photo: Jennifer Firestone. Studio One Readings Series, Web. Oct 31st 2014. Jennifer Firestone is the author of Flashes (Shearsman Books) Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves

Janet Abu-Lughod

Category : Sociology, Women
Janet Abu-Lughod

Photo: newschool.edu. Web. 23 Oct 2014. Janet L. Abu-Lughod (1928-2013), professor emerita at The New School for Social Research and of Sociology at Northwestern

Janet Abu-Lughod, “Discontinuities and Persistence: One World System or a Succession of Systems”

Category : Sociology, Women

I’ve recently published a book on the world system in the thirteenth century, entitled Before European
Hegemony. It was intended in pan as a corrective to Immanuel Wallerstein’s work on the sixteenth century et seq. world-system. My criticism was that Wallerstein, while creatively extending the work of other historians and correcting for some of their biases, had still accepted the main line of western historical scholarship: namely, that the “story” becomes interesting only with the “Rise of the West” after 1450.

Source: Manuscript, The New School for Social Research (1990)  

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Kenneth Craven, “Greenwich Village and the Soul of a Woman (on Clara Mayer)”

Category : Urban Studies, Women

Clara Meyer, the heart, brains and soul of the New School for Social Research from 1919 until 1960 hired me as registrar, that is, bean counter, during those early WWII years while I was attending Columbia College and awaiting my call up in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps. She wore her black hair in maiden halo braids and could hardly see across the desk through the thickest glasses; from the first moment of that first interview, I stared wide-eyed at alma mater to the School. She herself had become the institution which thankfully lacked overbearing administrators and comfortable tenured faculty. An institutionless institution!

Source: New School Archives (2001)

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Jennifer Firestone, “How to Treat a Woman”

Category : Women, Writing

hips, thighs, hindquarters
grapefruits in grocery bags
skin cells
osteoporosis, presbyopia
Snow won’t fall in that crystal ball
fur, face, chin
A peep is a sound
Bed, sciatic
muscle, sex
color, sweat.
The package tape ran out years ago
By six years
outlives every species
except birds
(flight syndrome)
She’ll need a slow hand a slow hand

Source: Feminist Studies 29.1 (2003): 199

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Mary Henle, “Gestalt Psychology and Gestalt Therapy”

Category : Psychology, Women

The purpose of this paper is to try to set the historical record straight while the history in question is still in the making. lt seeks to clarify the relations between gestalt therapy and Gestalt psychology, from which the therapy claims to derive. In considering gestalt therapy, I will confine myself to the work of Fritz Perls, the finder, as he calls himself, of this therapy (Perls 1969/1971:16), with emphasis on his later books.

Source: Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences  14: 23-32

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 Karen Horney, “Culture and Neurosis”

Category : Psychology, Women

In the psychoanalytic concept of neuroses a shift of emphasis has taken place: whereas originally interest was focused on the dramatic symptomatic picture, it is now being realized more and more that the real source of these psychic disorders lies in character disturbances, that the symptoms are a manifest result of conflicting character traits, and that without uncovering and straightening out the neurotic character structure we cannot cure a neurosis. When analyzing these character traits, in a great many cases one is struck by the observation that, in marked contrast to the divergency of the symptomatic pictures, character difficulties invariably center around the same basic conflicts.

Source: The American Sociological Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 1936

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Doris Humphrey, New Dance: Writings on Modern Dance

Category : Arts, Women

My dance is an art concerned with human values. It upholds only those values that make for harmony and opposes all forces inimical to those values. In part, its movement may be used for decoration, entertainment, emotional release or technical display; but primarily it is composed as an expression of American life as I see it today.

Source: NJ: Princeton Book Co., 2008

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Gerda Lerner, “Placing Women in History: Definitions and Challenges”

Category : History, Students, Women

In the brief span of five years in which American historians have begun to develop women’s history as an independent field, they have sought to find a conceptual framework and a methodology appropriate to the task. The first level at which historians, trained in traditional history, approach women’s history is by writing the history of “women worthies” or “compensatory history.” Who are the women missing from history? Who are the women of achievement and what did they achieve? The resulting history of “notable women” does not tell us much about those activities in which most women engaged, nor does it tell us about the significance of women’s activities to society as a whole.

Source: The Majority Finds its Past (1981)

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Gerda Lerner, The Majority Finds Its Past

Category : History, Women


While still an undergraduate at the New School I offered my first course in Women’s History, “Great Women in American History” in the fall of 1962.

Source: The Majority Finds Its Past (1979)

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