Throughout the world, psychiatry is in a period of accelerated
transition. In each nation the role of women in psychiatry, and the role of
psychiatry in the lives of women, reflect one aspect of the development of
egalitarianism. Women psychiatrists have perennially been confronted with
conflicts between their professional and private life responsibilities.
Internationally, the external and internal factors that prohibit or limit
women's personal development and vocational participation are being
scrutinized. American psychiatry is proving to be a pioneer among medical
specialities in this area.