Feminist theory: An intersectional model that promotes equality

By Phyllis Hanlon
October 6th, 2022
Alana Coscia, Psy.D., is the clinical director at Small Victories Wellness Services in Middletown, Connecticut.

The origins of feminist theory can be traced back to the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, particularly “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” in 1794. Since that time, other individuals have championed this model, adhering to its main tenet – to view the world in a way that brings attention to inequality, oppression, and injustice while promoting egalitarianism. Psychologists who use a feminist approach, regardless of specialty, bring a holistic perspective to their work.

Andrea Barnes, J.D., Ph.D., private practitioner in Pembroke, Mass., defines feminist theory as delving into the role of gender, power dynamics, sexism, patriarchy, being female in the world, and how all these factors affect the individual.

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