Welcome to the Association for Women in Psychology

The Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) is an interdisciplinary organization that attends to issues and concerns at the intersections of feminism and psychology. The annual national AWP conference is the catalyst that brings together activists, students, academics, clinicians, government and policy workers, researchers, and folks from the nonprofit sector (among many others!) for a weekend of working towards building feminist community and connection, and exciting exchanges of dialogue, ideas, and social actions. Between conferences, stay connected to AWP through the "Members Area" of our website, connecting with various Caucuses and/or local AWP chapters (or start one in your area!).

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Press Release issued by the AWP Activism Caucus

Psychological Damage Inflicted on Girls and Women from Restrictions on Reproductive Rights As the news in the United States these days about restrictions on women’s reproductive freedom echoes Margaret Atwood’s (1985) novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, the Activism Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology considers it essential to point out the alarming psychological consequences of laws that limit girls’ and women’s rights to make decisions about their bodies and their futures. This is especially the case for the most extreme measures, such as those embodied in the Alabama legislature’s vote on May 14 to classify abortion as a felony. These laws are damaging to the emotional health of girls...
May 15, 2019

Activism Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology

We see our role as raising the organization’s consciousness, sponsoring conference sessions, encouraging scholarly work, undertaking activist projects, and otherwise seeking to make both social and organizational change in service of social justice. The formation of the Activism Caucus was announced at the Feminist Forum on the last day of the conference, and it was well received by those in attendance. Joan and Paula agreed to serve as the caucus’ first co-coordinators. Since the conference, the caucus members have corresponded with each other to: share information about activism opportunities (e.g., a website designed to facilitate and organize protest against the Trump administration’s family separations at the US-Mexico...
June 15, 2019

Statement from the Activism Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology

GUN VIOLENCE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS So far in 2019 there has been an average of at least one mass shooting per day in the United States. What will it take for Americans to acknowledge that gun violence is a public health crisis? Gun violence kills, it maims, it causes chronic physical pain to its victims, it causes psychological trauma to those at the scene of the violence – those who were wounded, those who escaped, those who were first responders, those who observed the scene afterward, those who saw videos of the event and its aftermath, those who grieve for family and friends who lost their lives. Mass shootings in this country have caused mass fear and anxiety. People have expressed fears about going to school, to work,...
August 06, 2019