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Psychology of Women and Equalities Section

The Psychology of Women and Equalities Section (POWES) works within the BPS to highlight issues of gender and inequality in academic and applied psychology in order to positively influence policy and practice.

About

The primary purpose of the section is to promote the psychology of women in academic and professional domains and to inform the public and the discipline about psychological, social, and economic problems of women and minority groups.

Originally founded in 1988 as The Psychology of Women Section, the modern version of POWES works to encourage psychological research which challenges negative assumptions about minority groups and which challenges processes of exclusion, marginalisation and oppression in fields of study and practice, while also maintaining a strong inter-disciplinary focus, seeking to work and build inclusive alliances across disciplines.

The main aims of the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section are:

  • to address gender issues and inequalities in the psychology curriculum
  • to facilitate and develop feminist and emancipatory research, theory and practice
  • to influence public policy in areas such as equal rights, parenting, and employment.

Resources

Useful Links

  • Psychology’s Feminist Voices

    Psychology's Feminist Voices is an online, multimedia digital archive containing the stories of women of psychology's past and contemporary feminist psychologists who have shaped and continue to transform the discipline of psychology.

  • American Psychological Association (Division 35)

    The Society for the Psychology of Women is a division of the APA which provides an organizational base for all feminists, women and men of all national origins, who are interested in teaching, research, or practice in the psychology of women.

  • Australian Psychological Society - Women and Psychology Interest Group

    The Women and Psychology Interest Group aims to establish an active presence in every state and territory of Australia.

Publications

Psychology of Women and Equalities Review

A collection of papers that make significant and original contributions to the field of the psychology of women and equalities.

Download the Review

Awards & funding

POWES Professor Marcia Worrell Mentoring Award

Submissions are now closed

Professor Marcia Worrell was an exceptional colleague, mentor, advocate, tutor, and friend to an international community of students, academics and practitioners. Her commitment to supporting others has inspired all who have worked with her since she began her academic career in 1992. This award is in recognition of her ongoing impact and presence in the lives and work of the international POWES community, specifically recognising her exceptional capabilities to inspire and mentor others.

We welcome nominations for the award for mentors who:
  • Demonstrate sustained engagement with offering feminist support, direction, guidance and supervision to undergraduate or postgraduate students or their fellow colleagues in Psychology
  • May be well known for supporting ‘non-traditional’ students. For example, in helping them navigate academia and supporting them in the successful completion of their studies.
  • Foster a welcoming atmosphere and culture of inclusion
  • Inspires students in their studies and/or professional development
The winning nominee will receive:
  • A framed certificate from POWES
  • A funded place at the POWES 2022 Annual Conference (6th- 8th July) to accept their award. (POWES will reimburse the full conference fee and travel to the conference up to the maximum amount of £150.)
  • Additionally, the nomination statement will be published in the POWES journal The Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Review (POWER).
How to make a nomination:
  • POWES members are eligible to nominate candidates for the award, however the nominee does not need to be a member of POWES or of the BPS. Nominators can be individuals or groups. (The scheme is not open to self-nominations.)
  • To nominate a feminist mentor, please provide a nomination statement (maximum 1000 words in doc format) outlining how and why that person is particularly impactful on your life or those of others. We suggest you include examples of specific activities, anecdotes and personal characteristics of the mentor that have been influential in the life and career of others.
  • Decisions will be made by a panel of POWES committee members and announced ahead of the POWES conference in July each year.

POWES and Feminism Psychology Postgraduate Student Award - Now open

Submissions are now closed

Postgraduate students who have submitted their thesis this year (2021-2022) or within the last three academic years (2018-21) are invited to submit a short article for the POWES and Feminism & Psychology Postgraduate award.

Criteria
  • Submissions can include research from all areas of Psychology and the Social Sciences

  • The article must be clearly related to the research carried out as part of a postgraduate degree and must not have been published previously.

  • Articles must make an original contribution to the psychology of women, gender, feminist theory, practice and beyond.

  • Articles can be up to a maximum of 3,500 words. Word counts do not include abstract, title, references, data extracts or tables. Abstracts can be a maximum of 200 words.

  • Articles must be clearly related to the research carried out as part of a postgraduate degree and make an original contribution to feminist psychology. For example, articles may explore issues around gender/race inequalities or gender and other intersecting inequalities.

International Submissions

POWES is aware of the problematic Western and English language dominance in psychology. We welcome submissions from those not based in the UK and from those who do not speak English as their first language. Whilst submissions do need to be written in English, we are happy to provide proof reading support if you are a second language English speaker before you submit your paper. 

Review process:
  •  Every entry will be anonymously reviewed by two members of POWES with relevant knowledge and expertise. Submissions that receive a positive review from both reviewers will go to the judging panel, who will assess, comment on, and score the article based on the criteria for submissions (link to the Wordpress site). The panel of judges will make the final decision.
The winner receives:
  • A funded place at the POWES 2022 Conference (6-8 July 2022).
  • The opportunity to present your paper at the Conference (6-8 July 2022).
  • A one year subscription to Feminism & Psychology & POWER
  • Invitation to publish your paper in POWER subject to addressing any feedback from prize reviewers.
  • Award certificate

POWES Undergraduate Student Awards

Submissions are now closed

Current undergraduate students (2021-2022) and those who have submitted their dissertation within the last three academic years (2018-2021) are invited to submit a short article for the POWES undergraduate awards. There are two awards:

POWES: Undergraduate Spotlight Award on class-based inequalities - we invite submissions for the Spotlight Award that focus on social class-based inequalities (e.g. class privilege in healthcare systems, or working class women’s experiences of academia) or class AND other intersecting inequalities (e.g. working class queer people’s experiences in the workplace).

POWES: Undergraduate Gender Inequalities Award – we invite submissions for the Gender Inequalities Award that focus on gender OR gender AND other intersecting inequalities (e.g. Black women's perinatal experiences, queer women's coming out stories).

Criteria
  • Articles can be up to a maximum of 3,000 words. Word counts do not include abstract, title, references, quotes or tables.
  • Abstracts can be a minimum of 200 words
  • Articles must be clearly related to the research carried out as part of an undergraduate degree and make an original contribution around gender inequalities or class-based inequalities.
  • Articles must be in Word doc format
  • Individual entries and group submissions are both welcomed, but must not have been published previously.
  • Submissions can include research from all areas of Psychology and the Social Sciences.
International Submissions

POWES is aware of the problematic Western and English language dominance in psychology. We welcome submissions from those not based in the UK and from those who do not speak English as their first language. Whilst submissions do need to be written in English, we are happy to provide proof reading support if you are a second language English speaker before you submit your paper. 

Review process:

Every entry will be anonymously reviewed by two members of POWES with relevant knowledge and expertise. Submissions that receive a positive review from both reviewers will go to the judging panel, who will assess, comment on, and score the article based on the criteria for submissions (link to the Wordpress site). The panel of judges will make the final decision.

The winner receives:
  • A funded place at the POWES 2022 Conference (6-8 July 2022). 
  • The opportunity to present your paper at the Conference (6-8 July 2022).
  • An award certificate 
  • A one year subscription to POWER

Invitation for assisted publication of your submission in POWER subject to standard peer-review process

Conference Bursaries and Concessions

Submissions are now closed

POWES is very keen to promote attendance of students at their annual conferences. To this end, we have set aside funds for a small number of bursaries and concessions to be awarded to students to assist with the costs of attendance. 

We recognise the impact that Covid19 has had on institutional financial support for colleagues to attend conferences, and so this year we also have a limited amount of money available to support academic staff to attend the conference in cases of economic hardship and where there is an absence of institutional funding.

Guidance for applications:
  • Bursaries are awarded in the form of a reduction in conference fees
  • Applicants presenting at the conference will be prioritised
  • The initial deadline for bursary applications is the 25th of June 2021. The set of bursary applications received by that date will be considered shortly afterwards, and applicants contacted with confirmation as to whether they have been successful.
  • If the bursaries are oversubscribed, there will be a first-come, first-served policy.
  • Potential applicants are welcome to enquire after the deadline about the continuing availability of bursary funding, accepting that the overall Bursary Fund may be depleted.

Previous Award Winners

POWES Student Prizes

2010: C. Rivas (Queen Mary, University of London)

2009: P. Pinto (University of Minho, Portugal)

2008: L. Lazard (University of Nottingham)

2007: C. Nguyen (London School of Economic and Political Science)

Committee

Chair: Lisa Lazard

Past Chair: Helen Malson

Chair Elect: Bipasha Ahmed

Honorary Treasurer: Alison Davies

Honorary Secretary: Charlotte Dann

Committee Member: Wendy Stainton Rogers

Communications: Lisa Lazard / Lois Donnelly

Conference: Madeleine Pownall

Prizes: Tanya Beetham

Awards: Alison Davies

Inclusivity and Accessibility: Helen Malson

Liaison and Outreach: Lisa Lazard

POWER Representative: Hannah Frith (Editor)

PsyPAG Representative: Lucy Eldred

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Membership of the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Membership

  • Discounted registration for the Section’s Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to influence and take part in the development of the section
  • Opportunity to voice your opinion, either at the Section’s AGM and/or by becoming a member of the section’s committee
  • Psychology of Women and Equalities Review
  • Regular updates via our membership announcement email list

Member Announcement Email List

The Psychology of Women and Equalities Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

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Getting involved with the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Committee

The Psychology of Women and Equalities Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.