Mission Statement

There shall be a Committee on Women in Psychology that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of the APA-- "to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare"--by ensuring that women achieve equality as members of the psychological community in order that all human resources be fully actualized. Its mission shall be that of functioning as a catalyst, by means of interacting with and making recommendations to the various parts of the APA's governing structure, to the APA's membership, and particularly to the Division of Psychology of Women, as well as to other relevant groups, such as the Association for Women in Psychology, the Federation of Organizations for Professional Women, and the National Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. Specifically, the committee will undertake the following priority tasks:

  • collection of information and documentation concerning the status of women;

  • continued development of recommendations and implementation of guidelines;

  • development of mechanisms to increase the participation of women in roles and functions of the profession; and

  • ongoing communications with other agencies and institutions regarding the status of women.

The Committee on Women in Psychology shall consist of not fewer than six members elected for three year terms. It shall report to the Council of Representatives through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI). Committee members must be members of the American Psychological Association. The committee shall strive to represent in its composition the diversity of the APA with respect to ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, religion and the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.