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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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Flow, 1989–2000

Flow, 1989–2000

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Sharing the Work

Myra Strober

John Donahoe

The MIT Press

I begin a relationship with Jay Jackman, and when he moves from Hawaii to California, we marry and I acquire three stepchildren. I am promoted to full professor and once again unsuccessfully try to achieve an equitable salary. I accept the invitation to chair the provost’s committee on the recruitment and retention of women faculty at Stanford and write a major report for the university, informally known as the Strober Report. Jay and I are asked to consult for several Silicon Valley companies on gender and race equity and we write a landmark article for the Harvard Business Review on “Fear of Feedback.” I survey the Stanford Class of 1990 and write a book with Agnes Chan comparing the work/family arrangements of Stanford graduates with those of Tokyo University. The book is titled The Road Winds Uphill all the Way: Gender Work and Family in the United States and Japan. I also write two articles on the economics of childcare. Feminist economics comes into being and I am one of its early proponents, as well as one of the founding members and third president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. I join the board of the NOW Legal Defense Fund and am an expert witness in several high-end divorce cases, including the Wendt case, where I put a price tag on the unpaid work of stay-at-home wives. In my family life, Jay and I begin to include Jay’s ex-wife as well as Sam and his new family in our Thanksgiving celebration. My son and daughter both marry, Jay ends his estrangement from his youngest son, Jason Scott. Alice becomes a professor at MIT, Mom passes away, and we have our first grandchild.

Keywords:   Second marriage, Jay Jackman, Stanford University Provost’s Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty, The Strober Report, Salary discrimination at Stanford University, Harvard Business Review, “Fear of Feedback”, Agnes Chan, The Road Winds Uphill all the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan, The economics of childcare, Feminist economics, The International Association for Feminist Economics, The NOW Legal Defense Fund, The Wendt Case, Value of Wives’ Unpaid Labor, Alice Amsden at MIT

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