Show The Graduate Center Menu

Florence L. Denmark
Position: Professor Emerita
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: University of Pennsylvania, PhD
Research Interests: Psychology of women
Florence served for 1968 to 1970 as the first director of SEEK, Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge. SEEK was formed to aid high school students of poverty for find psychology programs in colleges across the country.

Florence is considered to be the pioneer in the psychology of women. With her leadership, psychology of women became a respected and well-recognized field of study. Her research became the guideline of new programs popping up in colleges across the country. Denmark documented cases of discrimination and the disadvantaged status of women in psychology. Florence wrote many papers on the role of women in the history of psychology, so their many contributions would not be forgotten In 1975, she and Julia Sherman chaired the first conference on psychological research on women.

Florence, as stated before, worked on such topics as racial integration in preschool, and the effects of college on women. She developed curriculum on the psychology of women. Denmark was in fact the first to integrate psychology of women in introductory psychology courses. In 1983, she published the first widely used textbook called Women's Choices, Women's Realities. Her research has fueled many psychology departments to create a psychology of women curriculum. Florence was successful in convincing the American Psychological Association to create its 35th division-the Psychology of Women (1973). In 1969, she helped to found the Association for Women in Psychology. In 1976, she served as an editor to the Psychology of Women Quarterly. Florence also helped edit the journal Sex Roles (est.. 1975).

In 1981, Florence established the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women in Israel. She continued to serve on the congress board, and in 1990, Hunter College was chosen as the next site. From 1980 to 1981, Florence Denmark served as the APA's fifth woman president. At this time she also served as president of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. Her presidencies led to a cooperation between the two organizations. She advocated increased support of ethnic minorities and women. An APA convention symposium was devoted to autobiographical presentations by eminent women psychologists (Paludi and Russo 1990).

From 1971 to 1984 Florence served as an associated editor for the International Journal of Group Tensions. From 1985 to 1988, she was on the committee for Lesbian and Gay Concerns.

Florence Denmark has received many awards and honorary degrees for her numerous contributions in every area she worked. The APA's committee on women in psychology gave her its Distinguished Leader Award. She was recognized in 1983 as APA division 35's Outstanding Leader. In 1986, she received the Association of Women Psychologists Distinguished Career Award for her contributions to mentoring, policy, and scholarship. In 1980, the Association for Women in Science recognized her as an Outstanding Woman in Science.

Florence Denmark has made it possible for me take college courses (like the one creating this website) on women in psychology and other related social sciences. Her feminism and devotion to women in the field of psychology should never be forgotten. Like many projects created by her, may this one keep her legacy, and others' alive and strong.