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Who is Dorothy Loeffler, anyway?
You see her name in every issue of our newsletter, The Networker, in the notice about the scholarship fund. But why? And why is she so important to MWP?
Here are a few answers: In 1977 Dorothy Loeffler (pronounced Leffler), Ed.D.,. who was director of training at the Student Counseling Bureau (SCB) at the University of Minnesota, (now Student Counseling Services) and an active member of Minnesota Psychological Association, had an idea, an idea that resulted in the birth of MWP.
Let’s put that idea in some context. The few years prior to 1977 had been transformative for many women. The second wave of the Women’s Movement (fueled by the Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60s) was moving across the country, including Minnesota, and as in many movements, college campuses were the hub. We were developing an awareness of the widespread silencing of women, their invisibility, and the intentional and unintentional discrimination directed towards them. We were in the minority in our profession, and isolated from one another.
Dorothy decided to send a letter to women members of Minnesota Psychological Association (see the article below for details on MWP’s history). Dorothy Loeffler became known as The Founding Mother of MWP, and many of us who formed the new organization as Founding Mothers. We were all licensed psychologists or in graduate programs training to be psychologists.
It was a heady time. Our primary bond was feminism. We were excited, angry, committed to change for women, (ourselves and our clients) and grateful for the new comrades in this powerful movement. Many close relationships were formed through MWP, as we worked together for change, personal, institutional and political.
I was one of the graduate students at that founding meeting. I and was serving as Dorothy’s intern, and I stayed on the Student Counseling Bureau’s staff for a number of years, while finishing my Ph.D.