ABSTRACT

Feminist therapy emerged in reaction to family therapy models that had failed to consider gender and power dimensions of family life. In 1978, Rachel Hare-Mustin wrote a pivotal article in Family Process outlining the need for a feminist approach to family therapy. She highlighted several parts of feminist therapy that would be further expounded on by women in the field, including challenging traditional gender roles, challenging the idea of a “normal” family, and challenging therapists to be aware of gender patterns in families that are detrimental to women. The themes she wrote about nearly 40 years ago are still relevant to families and therapy today.