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Strober, Myra H.
Strober, Myra H.
Strober, Myra H. and Luu, Vy
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Stanford Historical Society
Myra Strober is Professor of Education, Emerita at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Professor of Economics (by courtesy) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research and consulting focus on gender issues in the workplace, the economics of work and family, and multidisciplinarity in higher education. Her two-part interview begins with her early years in Brooklyn, New York, where her interest in economics formed. Strober recalls her undergraduate education at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, her master’s program at Tufts University, and her doctoral studies at MIT, where she was one of only two women in her class. She relates how she eventually made her way to California, teaching as a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley before taking an assistant professorship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Strober discusses her initial experiences teaching on the virtually all-male faculty at the Business School, her attempt to secure tenure there, and how she became a tenured faculty member at the School of Education. She recounts the events that led to the creation of the Center for Research on Women at the university and how she became its founding director. She discusses fundraising for the center and the lecture series that attracted overflowing crowds from the campus and neighboring areas. In addition, she discusses her service on the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty at Stanford and her experience as a sexual harassment advisor counselling female faculty members. She shares her perspectives on the challenges facing women in academia, such as a low percentage of women on the tenured faculty, salary disparity, and a lack of support. Strober also relates the story of how Stanford successfully competed to host and edit the preeminent women’s studies journal, Signs and its impact on the faculty and students involved. She discusses her research on occupational segregation, including her theory of how the relative attractiveness of occupations impacted work opportunities for women, and her research on childcare. Strober concludes with an assessment of some of the ways Stanford has changed over time.
Myra H. Strober, Stanford Historical Society, oral histories, interviews, women in higher education, professors, pioneering women, and labor economics
May 6, 2014 - May 14, 2014
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012
Pioneering Women, Stanford Faculty