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Sharing the WorkWhat My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)$
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Myra Strober

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034388

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034388.001.0001

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Sisterhood Is Powerful, 1970–1971

Sisterhood Is Powerful, 1970–1971

(p.3) 1 Sisterhood Is Powerful, 1970–1971
Sharing the Work

Myra Strober

John Donahoe

The MIT Press

The chapter begins with my meeting with the chair of the economics department at Berkeley to find out why I am a lecturer and not an assistant professor. My frustration with the conversation leads to my reading Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments, and I begin to understand how I’m being “closed out” by a male monopoly. Stanton’s insistence that women “fight” and enlist male allies in our battles becomes my life-long creed. I learn that most women faculty at Berkeley are lecturers, that they have filed a complaint of sex discrimination against the university with the U.S. Department of Labor, and that investigators from the federal government will soon be coming to campus to examine the complaint. I describe how my newly found feminist consciousness profoundly affects both my marriage and my decision to refocus my academic work on women’s employment. The chapter ends with Lloyd Ullman agreeing to teach one of my courses so that I can teach a course on women and work.

Keywords:   Sex discrimination, Feminism, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Berkeley 1970-71, Sisterhood is powerful, Division of labor at home, Women’s employment, Lloyd Ullman

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