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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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Ninety Men and Me, 1972–1974

Ninety Men and Me, 1972–1974

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(p.123) 7 Ninety Men and Me, 1972–1974
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Sharing the Work
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Myra Strober

John Donahoe

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034388.003.0007

Stanford holds a press conference to herald my arrival at the Graduate School of Business (GSB). Now,not only does the GSB have a woman faculty member, but she studies women. The resulting media coverage spurs a Stanford student, Cynthia Davis, to ask me to help her start a center for research on women at Stanford. Initially, I demur, but the alienation I feel from the antagonistic reception I receive when I arrive at the GSB propels me to help found CROW, Stanford’s Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research). I relate some unpleasant particulars of my reception at the GSB (15 white male faculty in the economics group who trash my first faculty seminar on the economics of child care, male faculty who are angry that the faculty retreat now has to be moved to a venue other than an all-male San Francisco club, and male students who say they refuse to pay such high tuition to take macroeconomics from someone “like me” i.e. a woman). I explain my research contrasting the spending patterns of two-earner versus single-earner families and examine the strains my job and feminist activities place on Sam’s and my marriage. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the conference Francine Gordon and I organize at the GSB on women and management, the first such conference ever. Dean Arjay Miller helps to make the conference a huge success. Unfortunately, so little has changed for women and management over the years that the book we published based on the conference, Bringing Women into Management remains cutting edge.

Keywords:   Stanford Graduate School of Business, Sexism at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Founding of Stanford University Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research), Cynthia Davis Russell, Francine Gordon, First Conference on Women in Management, Arjay Miller, Bringing Women into Management

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