Overview

About AWP


Welcome to the AWP website. It is our hope that you will find this site a useful tool for networking and for providing information about our organization. You will find information about our upcoming conference, awards & prizes for feminist psychologists, membership in the organization, as well as information about specific caucuses and regions.

AWP is an incorporated, not-for-profit scientific and educational feminist organization devoted to reevaluating and reformulating the role that psychology and the mental health field generally play within women's lives. It seeks to act responsibly and sensitively with regard to women by challenging the unquestioned assumptions, research traditions, theoretical commitments, clinical and professional practices, and institutional and societal structures that limit the understanding, treatment, professional attainment, and responsible self-determination of women and men, or that contribute to unwelcome divisions between women based on race, ethnicity, age, social class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.

Its role thus includes education and sensitization of mental health professionals, encouragement and recognition of women's concerns and those who promote them, reconceptualization and expansion of perspectives within psychology, advocacy and critique regarding professional and institutional practices, and the provision of opportunities for creative feminist contributions and the dissemination of feminist ideas. Founded in 1969 at the American Psychological Associations annual convention, AWP operates outside of APA's organizational structure and maintains a broader-than-psychology membership and vision. Lobbying by AWP was directly responsible for the establishment of an APA Division of the Psychology of Women (Division 35) in 1973; joint AWP and Division 35 efforts culminated in the creation of a Women's Program Office at APA's national headquarters. AWP sponsors regional and national conferences on feminist psychology as well as several annual awards. We frequently collaborate with other organizations in promoting a feminist approach to research, teaching, and mental health, and maintain an active liaison program with other feminist and psychological organizations. AWP has been an official Non-Governmental Organization of the United Nations since 1976 and has participated in international conferences.

If you are interested in a feminist psychology email list, please consider POWR-L, your Psychology of Women Resource List!

POWR-L is a public electronic network for people interested in sharing information and resources in the psychology of women. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion of current topics, research, teaching strategies, and practice issues among people interested in the discipline of psychology of women, and to publicize relevant conferences, job announcements, calls for papers, publications, and the like. It is open to anyone interested in the field. POWR-L is cosponsored by Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) of the American Psychological Association and by the Association for Women in Psychology. These national organizations are dedicated to advancing feminist psychology. Neither the Division nor the Association are responsible for the content of messages posted to the list by subscribers, and the opinions posted on this list are not necessarily those of either the Division or the Association.

To subscribe to POWR-L:

- Send a message to listserv @ pete . uri . edu (The extra spaces have been included to prevent bots from reading
the address. When sending an email, exclude the extra spaces.)
- Include in the Subject line: Subscribe POWR-L Yourfirstname Yourlastname
- Do not inlude headers or signature files

Within 24 hours, you will receive an email requiring you to confirm your membership. Upon confirmation, you will be subscribed to POWR-L.

For a more detailed description of our organization, read our Bylaws.
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