Gelya Frank; Opening Feminist Histories of Occupational Therapy. Am J Occup Ther 1992;46(11):989-999. doi: 10.5014/ajot.46.11.989.
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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.
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