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Research Article  |   November 1992
Opening Feminist Histories of Occupational Therapy
Author Affiliations
  • Gelya Frank, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, 2250 Alcazar, CSA 203, Los Angeles, California 90033
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Professional Issues / Research
Research Article   |   November 1992
Opening Feminist Histories of Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1992, Vol. 46, 989-999. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.11.989
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1992, Vol. 46, 989-999. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.11.989
Abstract

This paper frames the history of occupational therapy in feminist terms. It focuses on gender segregation in occupational therapy, the influence of class and race in shaping opportunities for occupational therapists, and the place of feminism in the goals and achievements of the occupational therapy profession. Such issues have been addressed by feminist scholars in histories of women in medicine, nursing, and other helping professions. These sources help place the achievements of occupational therapy within the context of women’s historic entry and advancement in the American work force.