March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in various fields and aspects of society. Women have played a vital role in shaping our world, from science and technology, to arts and culture, to politics and human rights, and more. Yet, their stories are often overlooked or underrepresented in history books and media.

At On The Path Children and Family Services, we value and support women’s empowerment and equality. We believe that women are essential to our success and innovation, and we strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive. We are proud to have women in leadership positions, as well as women who work hard every day to deliver quality services to at-risk youth and families experiencing severe behavioral and mental health disorders.

This month, we want to honor and recognize some of the amazing women who work at On The Path Children and Family Services. They are role models, mentors, and inspirations for us all.

We also want to acknowledge and appreciate the women who have paved the way for us, both in our industry and in our society. They are the trailblazers, the pioneers, the visionaries, who have challenged the status quo and made a difference in the world. Here are some of the women who have inspired us:

  • Dorothea Dix: A social reformer and activist who advocated for the humane treatment of people with mental illnesses in the 19th century. She exposed the appalling conditions of asylums and prisons, and campaigned for the creation of public mental hospitals. She also served as the Superintendent of Army Nurses during the Civil War.
  • Anna Freud: A psychoanalyst and the daughter of Sigmund Freud, who made significant contributions to the field of child psychology and development. She pioneered the use of play therapy, and founded the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic in London. She also wrote several books on child analysis, ego psychology, and defense mechanisms.
  • Karen Horney: A psychoanalyst and feminist who challenged the male-dominated theories of Freud and developed her own approach to personality and psychotherapy. She emphasized the role of social and cultural factors in shaping human behavior, and introduced the concepts of neurosis, self-realization, and the idealized self. She also founded the American Institute for Psychoanalysis.
  • Mary Whiton Calkins: A psychologist and philosopher who was the first woman to become the president of the American Psychological Association in 1905. She developed the paired-associate technique for studying memory, and established one of the first psychological laboratories in the United States. She also wrote influential books on self-psychology and the psychology of religion.
  • Leta Stetter Hollingworth: A psychologist and educator who was one of the pioneers of gifted education and the study of exceptional children. She debunked the myths and stereotypes about women’s inferiority and variability, and advocated for the rights and opportunities of women in academia and society. She also conducted groundbreaking research on the psychology of adolescence.
  • Inez Beverly Prosser: A psychologist and educator who was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in psychology in 1933. She focused her research on the effects of racial discrimination and segregation on the academic achievement and mental health of Black students. She also advocated for the improvement of educational opportunities and resources for Black children and teachers.

We hope that by sharing these stories, we can inspire and empower more women to pursue their dreams and goals, and to make their voices heard. We also hope that we can foster a culture of respect and appreciation for women’s diversity and strength, and to celebrate their achievements not only in March, but every day of the year.

Happy Women’s History Month!