Leta Stetta Hollingworth
Researched and written by: Kristina M. Green
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Leta Hollingworth is the oldest of
three sisters. She was born to Margaret and John Stetter on May 25th,
1886. Margaret Stetter died not to long after the birth of her youngest
daughter. John Stetter could not handle the pressure and moved away
three girls with his parents. When she was 12 years old, her father
returned and took her and her sisters to live with him and his new
Setter and her siblings hated leaving their father and wanted to return
their grandparents. The separation caused them to miss their mother.
Stetter refered to her life as a “fiery furnace, (www.webster.edu)” recording vivid
her journal. <>Throughout Leta Hollingworth’s
she wrote many pieces. Her first poem was published in the local paper
entitled “Lone Pine.” Leta Hollingworth
in 1902 and began attending the University of Nebraska
at the age of
sixteen. Hollingworth was known on campus for her creative writing. It
there that she met her husband Harry Hollingworth. The two instantly
but were separated when he graduated and left her behind to attend Columbia University
in New York.
In 1906 Leta Hollingworth graduated
from the University
Bachelor degree and teachers certificate. She became employed as the
principal at a local high school. A year later, Harry Hollingworth
position at Barnard
and asked Leta to
move there with him. Leta had no problem with leaving her unhappy
moved to New York
with Harry Hollingworth immediately. Leta was unable to obtain a
position in New York
due to marrying on Harry Hollingworth on New Years Eve in 1908.
being a supportive husband saved money to send is wife to Columbia University
to receive a Masters degree. She successfully received her masters in
1913. <>After graduating, Hollingworth
began working at the Clearing House for Mental Defectives where she
administered Binet intelligence test. She next became employed as a
psychologist and began working at Bellevue Hospital.
It was there
that she became chief and established a psychology lab. In June of
received her Ph.D from Columbia
guidance of Thorndike.
Hollingworth completed work on women and sex
differences; testing whether women where viewed as inferior because of
biological difference or because of male domination. She demonstrated
there was no significant difference between the variability of sexes.
Hollingworth published an article addressing the “Woman Question, (www.webster.edu)” which was about
of the species. Hollingworth’s best know for her work with gifted
researched and learned that children with mental defective disorders
from adjustment problems but had normal intelligence.