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Myra H. Strober

Myra H. Strober
Professor Emerita, Economics
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MyraH.Strober
Professor of Education, Emerita, School of Education
Academic Area: 
Economics

Research Statement

Myra Strober’s research focuses on the economics of work and family. She has written on gender issues at work, occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare, and feminist economics. She has also been an expert witness in cases involving the valuation of work in the home, sex discrimination, and sexual harassment, and has been a consultant for several companies on improved utilization of women in management. Her most recent work is on interdisciplinarity in academia.

Bio

Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor Emerita at the School of Education at Stanford University.  She is also Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (by courtesy).  Myra’s research and consulting focus on gender issues at the workplace, work and family, and multidisciplinarity in higher education. She is the author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare, feminist economics and the teaching of economics. Myra’s most recent book is a memoir, Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others) 2016). She is also co-author, with Agnes Chan, of The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan (1999).

Myra is currently teaching a course on work and family at the Graduate School of Business.

Myra was the founding director of the Stanford Center for Research on Women (now the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research).  She was also the first chair of the National Council for Research on Women, a consortium of about 65 U.S. centers for research on women. Now the Council has more than 100 member centers. Myra was President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, and Vice President of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum). She was an associate editor of Feminist Economics and a member of the Board of Trustees of Mills College.

Myra has consulted with several corporations on improved utilization of women in management and on work-family issues. She has also been an expert witness in cases involving the valuation of work in the home, sex discrimination, and sexual harassment.

At the School of Education, Myra was Director of the Joint Degree Program, a master’s program in which students receive both an MA in education and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business. She also served as the Chair of the Program in Administration and Policy Analysis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Acting Dean. Myra was on leave from Stanford for two years as the Program Officer in Higher Education at Atlantic Philanthropic Services (now Atlantic Philanthropies).

Myra holds a BS degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, an MA in economics from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1969
  • MA, Tufts University
  • BS, Cornell University

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1972
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford School of Education
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 1972–1979
  • Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, 1970–1972
  • Assistant. Professor, University of Maryland, 1967–1970

Professional Experience

  • President, International Association for Feminist Economics, 1996-98
  • Member of the College Board Committee to Develop the Advanced Placement Examination in Economics, l987-88
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Committee on the Allied Health Professions, l986-88
  • Chair of the Board, National Council for Research on Women, 1982-84
  • Member, Advisory Board, State of California Office of Economic Policy Planning and Research, 1978-80
  • Founding Director, Center for Research on Women, (Now the Clayman Institute for Research on Gender), 1974-76; 1979-84
  • Co-Organizer of Stanford Business Conference on Women in Management, April, 1974
  • Founding Member of the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, 1972-75

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Education Award, Northern California NOW, 2002
  • Tamkang University Lecturer, Taipei, Taiwan, 2000
  • Downing Fellow in Economics, Melbourne University, 1995
  • School of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1992, 1998
  • Stanford University Fellow, 1975-77
  • Mortarboard, 1962
  • Listed in Who’s Who, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in the West

Publications

Journal Articles

Myra H. Strober, Suzanne Gerlach-Downie, Kenneth Yeager. Feminist Economist. June 18, 2010, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Pages 93-119.
Myra H. Strober. Dissent Magazine. 2004.
Myra H. Strober. USA Today Magazine. November 2003, Vol. 132, Issue 2702.
Myra H. Strober. Inside the American Couple: New Thinking/New Challenges. University of California Press, 2002, Pages 174-188.
Myra H. Strober, Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan. Feminist Economics. 1998, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Pages 97-127.
Myra H. Strober, Allen Cook, Kasi Allen Fuller. Journal of Economic Education. 1997, Vol. 28, Issue 3, Pages 255-271.
Myra H. Strober. Feminist Economist. February 1995, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Pages 197-205.
Myra H. Strober. The International Encyclopedia of Education. 1994.
Myra H. Strober. The International Encyclopedia of Education. 1994.
Myra H. Strober, Kenneth E. Yeager. Journal of Family Issues. September 1992, Vol. 13, Issue 3, Pages 279-296.
Myra H. Strober. Women, a Developmental Perspective: A Conference on Research. 1982, Pages 207-219.
Myra H. Strober, Charles B. Weinberg. Journal of Consumer Research. March 1980, Vol. 6, Issue 4, Pages 338-348.
Myra H. Strober. American Economic Review. May 1975, Vol. 65, Issue 2, Pages 92-99.
Myra H. Strober. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society. May 1972, Vol. 11, Issue 2, Pages 279-284.

Books

Myra H. Strober Stanford University Press, October 1, 2010.
Myra H. Strober Cambridge: The MIT Press , April 1, 2001.
Barbara C. Gelpi, Nancy C.M. Hartsock, Clare C. Novak, Myra H. Strober University of Chicago Press, New Edition, February 21, 1990.
Sanford M. Dornbusch, Myra H. Strober Guilford Press, October 15, 1988.
Francine E. Gordon, Myra H. Strober McGraw Hill Inc., 1975.

Book Chapters

Myra H. Strober. Wage Justice: Comparable Worth and the Paradox of Technocratic Reform . Science, 2016.

Other Publications

Myra H. Strober, Jay M. Jackman. Harvard Business Review. HBR, April 2003.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2016-17

This course examines the strategies that highly educated women and men use to combine work and family and the strategies that managers and policy makers can use to help others strike a balance. Topics include the tradeoffs in becoming a stay-at-...

2015-16

This course examines the strategies that highly educated women and men use to combine work and family and the strategies that managers and policy makers can use to help others strike a balance. Topics include the tradeoffs in becoming a stay-at-...

2014-15

This course examines the strategies that highly educated women and men use to combine work and family and the strategies that managers and policy makers can use to help others strike a balance. Topics include the tradeoffs in becoming a stay-at-...

Stanford Case Studies

CrossRoads: Balancing Elder Care, Work and Family | OB68
Janel Forde, Macharva Lucas, Myra Strober2008

Service to the Profession

  • Board Member, National Center for the Workplace, Now Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Board of Editors, Sage Annual Review of Women and Work. Association
  • Chair, Stanford Program in Administration and Policy Analysis
  • Director, Stanford Education Policy Institute
  • Editor, Journal of Economic Education and Feminist Economics
  • First Chair, Natlional Council for Research on Women
  • President, International Association of Feminist Economists

In the Media

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, November 16, 2012
Professor Myra Strober honored for professional women's advocacy and mentorship.
The Chistian Science Monitor, December 16, 1998

Insights by Stanford Business

August 30, 2016
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May 18, 2016
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May 5, 2016
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May 31, 2013
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November 1, 2010
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May 1, 2007
Financial pioneer Michelle Clayman says have the courage to make hard choices and change your mind when needed.