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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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Transformation, 2000–2012

Transformation, 2000–2012

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Sharing the Work

Myra Strober

John Donahoe

The MIT Press

I return to teaching at the GSB and begin a job as director of the joint MA degree in degree in education and business. I change the title of my business school class from Women and Work to Work and Family and every year the percentage of men in the class increases; in 2012, 40 percent of the students are men. I publish two articles applying feminist economics to education and a book analyzing the merits and pitfalls of interdsiciplinarity. The book is titled Interdisciplinary Conversations: ChallengingHabits of Thought. Jay’s two sons marry and we have five more grandchildren. The Clayman Institute celebrates its 35th anniversary and Jay and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. But I also mourn the deaths of close friends, my favorite aunt, and, most of all, my sister, Alice Amsden. MIT holds a memorial for Alice. The passing of so many transforms me with a renewed understanding of the preciousness of life. I decide to retire from full-time teaching, take stock of the changes I have helped to bring about, and explain how much more there is to be done before women and men participate as equals in the work world and in their families. I highlight the joy I have in becoming a grandmother, celebrating my 65th birthday and just a few weeks later finally having the Bat Mitzvah I missed when I was 13. In my Bat Mitzvah sermon, I talk about the relationship between Judaism’s teachings and those of feminist economics.

Keywords:   Stanford’s Joint Degree Program (MBA and MA in Education), Feminist Economics and Education, Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought, Retirement, Stalled Gender Revolution, Alice Amsden, Grandparent, Adult Bat Mitzvah, Judaism and Feminist Economics

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