I have been lucky in my upbringing and education, and especially in having advisors who let me do what I wanted to even when they didn’t think it was a good idea. This allowed me to have a deeply rewarding career devoted to two entirely different topics – basic theory and research on emotion, and applied theory and research in psychology and law. My career spanned the period from when women were considered unsuitable for scientific or academic work through the rise of feminism, so although I faced obstacles, the culture was changing quickly enough that my unusual choices soon came to be regarded as more or less normal. I was fortunate to marry a man who thought I was smart, and who loved to work with me on both research and raising a family.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Ellsworth, Phoebe C. "Happily Ever After." In Reflections from Pioneering Women in Psychology, edited by Jamila Bookwala and Nicky J. Newton, 100-111. Cambridge University Press, 2022.