Myra Strober, Professor of Education, Emerita, School of Education
To kick off the unit on “Feminist Superheroines” in Feminism and Jewish Law and Tradition, Ms. Shandrovsky’s class, read chapter 2 of the book “Sharing the Work: What my Family and Career Taught me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)” Published by MIT in 2016. The author, Professor Myra Strober, came to discuss her book and her fight for equality for women in the workplace and at home. Myra read chapter one from her book, which describes how she became a feminist on the Bay Bridge. She then read a passage about her celebration and reading from the Torah later in life, after discovering it’s never too late to have a Bar Mitzvah. The students asked Myra questions about what it was like growing up in the 50s and 60s in a traditional Jewish family. One student asked Professor Strober what her definition of a feminist is. Myra responded by defining a feminist as a fighter. She then challenged the students to think about how they will contribute to the fight for equality. The students came out of the talk inspired and excited to contribute to the cause of equality for all, regardless of race, gender or religion.