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 Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Graduate School of Education

Administrative Appointments


  • Professor Emerita of Economics, Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) (2018 - Present)

Program Affiliations


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Research Interests


  • Economics and Education
  • Gender Issues

2021-22 Courses


All Publications


  • Children as a public good DISSENT Strober, M. H. 2004; 51 (4): 57-61
  • RETHINKING ECONOMICS THROUGH A FEMINIST LENS 106th Annual Meeting of the American-Economic-Association Strober, M. H. AMER ECON ASSN. 1994: 143–47
  • ECONOMICS, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPES JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC EDUCATION Strober, M. H., Cook, A. 1992; 23 (2): 125-151
  • HUMAN-CAPITAL THEORY - IMPLICATIONS FOR HR MANAGERS INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Strober, M. H. 1990; 29 (2): 214-239
  • THE SCOPE OF MICROECONOMICS - IMPLICATIONS FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC EDUCATION Strober, M. H. 1987; 18 (2): 135-149
  • THE FEMINIZATION OF PUBLIC-SCHOOL TEACHING - CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS, 1850-1880 SIGNS Strober, M. H., LANFORD, A. G. 1986; 11 (2): 212-235
  • WIVES LABOR-FORCE BEHAVIOR AND FAMILY CONSUMPTION PATTERNS AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW Strober, M. H. 1977; 67 (1): 410-417
  • WORKING WIVES AND MAJOR FAMILY EXPENDITURES JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH Strober, M. H., Weinberg, C. B. 1977; 4 (3): 141-147
  • SEX-DIFFERENCES IN ECONOMISTS FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION SIGNS Strober, M. H., REAGAN, B. B. 1976; 1 (3): 303-317
  • TOWARD DIMORPHICS - SUMMARY STATEMENT TO CONFERENCE ON OCCUPATIONAL SEGREGATION SIGNS Strober, M. H. 1976; 1 (3): 293-302
  • WOMEN ECONOMISTS - CAREER ASPIRATIONS, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW Strober, M. H. 1975; 65 (2): 92-99
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND HIERARCHY OF EARNINGS INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Strober, M. H. 1973; 12 (1): 65-76