Jing Lyman Lectures

The Jing Lyman Lecture series recognizes feminist trailblazers who contribute significantly to gender equality in their lifetime.

Born in Philadelphia in 1928, Jing Lyman became one of the most dynamic and inspiring champions for gender equality to grace the Stanford campus. After graduating from Swarthmore College, she and husband Richard Lyman, along with their four children, moved west to Stanford in 1958. When Richard assumed the presidency in 1970, Jing did not hesitate to carve out a unique position of influence for herself, both within and beyond the Stanford community.

As the women's liberation movement took hold of the nation, Jing made sure to advocate for the women of Stanford in their efforts, focusing especially on increasing the number of women hired to tenure-track faculty positions. Additionally, she personally supported and nurtured the Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research), which was founded in 1974 as the first research institution dedicated solely to gender equality. Jing also dedicated a significant amount of her time to gender equality beyond the Stanford community, founding the national organization Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy (WAFCP), which aims to place women in leadership positions within philanthropic organizations, as well as to secure more funding for women and girls nationwide.

In 2010, the Clayman Institute launched the Jing Lyman Lecture Series, which seeks to commemorate Jing's legacy and recognize both past and current contributions to gender equality.

With thanks to Stanford's Clayman Institute on Gender Research for the text provided above.