Myra Strober

The Work Goes On

Myra Strober on women, work, and feminist economics


Myra Strober, Professor Emerita at the School of Education at Stanford University, joins the podcast to discuss her path as a trailblazing female labor economist and the first president of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

In this episode, Strober and Ashenfelter discuss:

  • Her “incredible” experience as an undergraduate student at Cornell, and how a course that consisted of weekly field trips to local factories influenced her future research.

  • The gender discrimination she faced applying to the Ph.D. program at Harvard and as a junior faculty member at UC Berkeley, and why she insisted on teaching a course on “Women and Work”—the first of its kind. 

  • Her move from Stanford’s Business School to Stanford’s School of Education, and what inspired her work on occupational segregation and “the feminization of occupations.”

  • Her belief that research in the field too often ignores the role of social structures or how we think about gender, and why she helped establish the International Association for Feminist Economics.

  • Strober’s recent book, “Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions,” which is adapted from her popular course at Stanford University.

Myra Strober earned her Ph.D. at MIT in 1969. "The Work Goes On"—a podcast produced as Princeton's Industrial Relations Section (IR Section) celebrates its 100th anniversary—is an oral history of industrial relations and labor economics hosted by Princeton's Orley Ashenfelter.

  • Strober, Myra H. “Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others). Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2016.

  • Strober, Myra H. “Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2011.

  • Strober, Myra H., and Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan. “The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family In the United States and Japan.” Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999.