Many women in the history of psychology who have made an impression in the field; one in particular is Margaret Floy Washburn. In this paper will be a description of her educational, professional, and personal life. She had an academic ambition from an early age and spent most of her childhood reading books. Drawn to the field of psychology, Margaret was able to accomplish many goals; from being the first woman to receive a Ph.D. to being elected president of the American Psychological Association.
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Margaret Floy Washburn was born in New York City on July 25, 1871. She was of Quaker heritage, but her father, Francis Washburn at that time was a businessman, but became an Episcopalian priest when Margaret was eight years old. Upon becoming a priest, Margaret's family moved to Kingston, New York. Her mother, who worked as a housewife and mother, was from a successful family and had finished high school after Margaret's birth. Her father did not complete a formal education. Margaret, an only child, was close to both her father and her mother, Elizabeth Floy (Davis) throughout her lifetime. She actively sought academic positions closer to her parent's residence in New York (Washburn, 1930).
Washburn believed that her intellectual pursuits began at the age of five, when she realized that she was capable of thinking about herself. She was an academic child from the start. She began to read at an early age and not only learned certain intellectual pursuits, but also learned how to read and play sheet music, which she enjoyed for all her life. She began her high school career at Ulster Academy in Kingston, New York at the age of 12. Margaret attributed much of her early academic success to her parents because they never interrupted her when she was reading, which she reported doing during most of her leisure time. Throughout their lives, her parents took an active interest in Margaret's work and were said to... [continues]
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