Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)

Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)

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ISBN-13: 9780262034388
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Myra Strober is a labor economist. She is Professor (Emerita) at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, and Professor of Economics at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (by courtesy). She is the coauthor of The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan (MIT Press).

Table of Contents

Foreword John Donahoe ix

Part I 1970-1971

1 Sisterhood Is Powerful, 1970-1971 3

Part II 1950-1970

2 Banished to the Balcony, 1950-1953 25

3 A Boost Up, 1954-1958 37

4 Into the Sanctum, 1958-1964 55

5 Add Children and Stir, 1964-1970 79

Part III 1971-2012

6 Where the Rubber Hits the Road, 1971-1972 107

7 Ninety Men and Me, 1972-1974 123

8 Forging New Doors, 1974-1981 137

9 Reinvention, 1982-1989 163

10 Plow, 1989-2000 179

11 Transformation, 2000-2012 201

12 Lessons Learned about Sharing the Work 213

Acknowledgments 221

Index 223

What People are Saying About This

Gloria Steinem

Myra Strober's Sharing the Work is the memoir of a woman who has learned that 'having it all' is only possible by 'sharing it all,' from finding a partner who values your work as much as you do, to fighting for family-friendly policies. You will learn that finding allies is crucial, blending families after divorce is possible, and that there is neither a good time nor a bad time to have children. Both women and men will find a friend in these pages.

Eva Sage-Gavin

What makes Myra Strober's memoir stand out is her skilled storytelling of the extraordinary challenges she faced as an early and unique female pioneer, overcoming societal and institutional challenges at every turn. In memorable scenes and colorful stories, her writing is sharp, honest, and quick to make us laugh over the societal hypocrisies she encountered. Strober's trials and triumphs will be a familiar story for women and men who've battled their own traditional workplace challenges and will serve to remind us all of the difficult work still required. I can't wait to share the book with family, friends, and colleagues.

From the Publisher

Myra Strober's Sharing the Work is the memoir of a woman who has learned that 'having it all' is only possible by 'sharing it all,' from finding a partner who values your work as much as you do, to fighting for family-friendly policies. You will learn that finding allies is crucial, blending families after divorce is possible, and that there is neither a good time nor a bad time to have children. Both women and men will find a friend in these pages.

Gloria Steinem

Strober's compelling story is a page-turner, a home run! It should be required reading in business, law, and all of the social sciences.

Irma Herrera, playwright and solo performer; former Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates, San Francisco

What makes Myra Strober's memoir stand out is her skilled storytelling of the extraordinary challenges she faced as an early and unique female pioneer, overcoming societal and institutional challenges at every turn. In memorable scenes and colorful stories, her writing is sharp, honest, and quick to make us laugh over the societal hypocrisies she encountered. Strober's trials and triumphs will be a familiar story for women and men who've battled their own traditional workplace challenges and will serve to remind us all of the difficult work still required. I can't wait to share the book with family, friends, and colleagues.

Eva Sage-Gavin, Vice Chairman, Skills for America's Future, Aspen Institute; former Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Gap Inc.

In this beautifully written book, Myra Strober deftly combines her personal story with the changes in women's lives during the last part of the twentieth century. It illuminates the struggles of smart girls; feminist awakenings; the travails of dual-career life; the misfit between personal and institutional time tables; the demands of academic life; and the uniquely creative role that women economists, sparked by Strober herself, played in their field—an excellent example of how women have changed the trajectory of scholarship.A wonderful read.

Lotte Bailyn, T Wilson (1953) Professor of Management Emerita, MIT Sloan; author of Breaking the Mold: Redesigning Work for Productive and Satisfying Lives

The pioneering feminist economist Myra Strober knows that sharing the work means sharing all of the work, and no one brings this point home with more wit and wisdom. Strober's beautiful memoir effectively dramatizes the fraught interactions between personal and professional success. We can all learn from her story.

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; author of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values

Endorsement

The pioneering feminist economist Myra Strober knows that sharing the work means sharing all of the work, and no one brings this point home with more wit and wisdom. Strober's beautiful memoir effectively dramatizes the fraught interactions between personal and professional success. We can all learn from her story.

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; author of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values

Nancy Folbre

The pioneering feminist economist Myra Strober knows that sharing the work means sharing all of the work, and no one brings this point home with more wit and wisdom. Strober's beautiful memoir effectively dramatizes the fraught interactions between personal and professional success. We can all learn from her story.

Lotte Bailyn

In this beautifully written book, Myra Strober deftly combines her personal story with the changes in women's lives during the last part of the twentieth century. It illuminates the struggles of smart girls; feminist awakenings; the travails of dual-career life; the misfit between personal and institutional time tables; the demands of academic life; and the uniquely creative role that women economists, sparked by Strober herself, played in their field—an excellent example of how women have changed the trajectory of scholarship.A wonderful read.

Irma Herrera

Strober's compelling story is a page-turner, a home run! It should be required reading in business, law, and all of the social sciences.

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