Martha Bern al: the life of a woman minority psychologist. History of Psychology June 20, 2006. Early Influences and Zeitgeist Andrea Villareal. Early Life. Born in San Antonio, Texas on April 13, 1931. Parents were Alicia and Enrique de Bernal, who were Mexican emigrants.
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Portrayed as less intelligent
Held back in their education
Supported by few, if any
Denied opportunity to study psychology
Denied publication of their work
Denied academic appointments
Not understoodObstacles of Ethnic Minority Psychologists
Despite struggles, Martha held on to the belief that the chance to succeed exists alongside the challenge to overcome obstacles.
“Throughout my life, however critical I might be of this country, I have felt grateful for the opportunities of which I availed myself. They would most likely not have existed had I lived in Mexico.” - Martha Bernal
The 40-year journey beginning in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in Congress
2002:The approval of the “GuidelinesonMulticultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists” (American Psychological Association [APA], 2003)Influence on APA
“[Martha] was passionate about her ideas, she spoke out effectively against injustice, she maintained high standards of scholarship and professionalism, she demonstrated much compassion for fellow human beings, and she had considerable energy.”
-Vasquez & Lopez, 2002, p. 362
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