The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University was founded in 1974. It supports interdisciplinary research on women's changing economic and social roles, and wider issues of gender. The Institute sponsors annual lectures and seminars. In 2000, the Institute embarked on a new academic initiative entitled, "The Difficult Dialogues Program," which brings together distinguished Stanford faculty, eminent visiting scholars, and policy makers to consider critical social issues facing our nation that influence and are influenced by issues of gender and ethnicity. The findings of the first Dialogue, "Aging in the 21st century," were summarized in a white paper in 2002. The second Dialogue, "The Changing Structure of the Modern American Family" ran from 2002 to 2004, and its findings will be published shortly. The Institute has recently embarked on its third Dialogue, on the "Dual Career Couples in the Academy". This reflects the Institute's new focus on women in the workplace. The Institute is also concerned with women's progress and experiences in science, technology, math and engineering, which is reflected in its other new in-house research project, on the position of technical women in Silicon Valley companies.
Principal StaffShelley J. Correll, Director
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Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Associate Director
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Cindi Trost, Director of Development
Areas of Expertise:Awareness & Education , Barriers & Opportunities , Disparities , Higher Education , Women in STEM , Title IX , Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies , Education & Education Reform , Equality, Diversity & Inclusion , Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) 
Projects & Campaigns
"The Changing Structure of the Modern American Family". The focus of this forum was to consider myths surrounding the modern family, to consider the different structures which modern families take and the pressures under which they exist, and to provide practical suggestions to policy makers on ways to support the family, in all its diverse forms. Conclusions will be published in 2006.
"Dual Career Couples in the Academy". The focus of this research, which began in fall 2005, is to tease out the problems facing dual career couples, and to offer practical suggestions to universities which face difficulties in recruiting and retaining high quality faculty. The study is planned to continue till 2008.
Science, math, engineering and technology
Technical Women in Silicon Valley. This study aims to discover why relatively few technical women make it to the highest ranks of Silicon Valley's technology industries. The object is to develop proposals for the industry as a whole to help recruit and retain women in technical roles. This research began in fall 2005, and is planned to continue till 2008.
Science and Engineering Graduate Women's Association. The Institute sponsors this umbrella group which provides social and profession support to female graduate students in science and engineering disciplines at Stanford University.
Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering. In April 2005, the Institute hosted an international conference on how the tools of gender analysis, when turned to science, medicine, and engineering, can profoundly alter human knowledge. This two-day conference focused on specific ways in which gender analysis has brought spark and creativity to particular fields of science. Examples of the success of gender analysis come from fields such as medicine, biology, and archaeology. It was the goal of this conference to highlight and analyze these successes. Questions remain concerning whether gender analysis has anything to offer physics, mathematics, computer science, or chemistry - issues we also addressed. The question is how can an understanding of how gender operates in science and engineering open new vistas for future research. Co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Provost Office Gabilan Fund . Video: The DVDs of conference sessions are available through Stanford's libraries for educational use. They are also available through Interlibrary Loan. The call numbers are: ZDVD 10246 c.1, 2: Gendered innovations in science & engineering [7 discs set]: April 15-16, 2005 / Institute for Research on Women & Gender.
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Difficult Dialogues "Aging in the 21 st Century".. The focus of this forum concerned cultural and social policy changes that would enable older adults to maximize their contributions to society. The consensus report was published in 2002: copies are available from the Institute.
Reports & Resources
Henderson, Andrea, Justine Tinkler, Manwai Ku, and Londa Schiebinger, "Venture Capitalist Decision-Making: Gendered Assumptions about Technical Knowledge and Social Networks." (forthcoming)
Yalom, Marilyn & Carstensen, Laura (eds). Inside the American Couple. ( Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002>
Difficult Dialogues Program - Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Aging in the 21st Century consensus report. ( Stanford, CA: Stanford University, 2002)
Economic and social status of women
Clayman Institute. 2008. Climbing The Tech Ladder; Obstacles and Solutions for Mid-Level Women in Information Technology. Written by A. Henderson, C. Simard, S. Gilmartin, L. Schiebinger, and T. Whitney.
Strober, Myra and Agnes Miling Keneko Chan. The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan. (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999)
Clayman Institute. 2008. Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need To Know. Written by L. Schiebinger, A. Henderson, and S. Gilmartin.
Yalom, Marilyn. A History of the Wife. ( New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2001)
Yalom, Marilyn and Thorne, Barrie (eds). Rethinking the Family. (Albany, NY: State University New York Press, 1990)
Feminist Thought and Scholarship
Rhode, Deborah L. Speaking of Sex: The Denial of Gender Inequality. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997)
Rhode, Deborah L. Theoretical Perspectives on Sexual Difference. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990)
Boxer, Marilyn Jacoby. When Women Ask the Questions: Creating Women's Studies in America. (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)
Freedman, Estelle. No Turning Back. ( Westminster, MD: Ballantine Books, 2002)
Walker-Moffat, Wendy. The Other Side of the Asian American Success Story. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995)
Mahadevi Varma. Translated by Neera Kuckerja Sohoni. Sketches from My Past: Encounters with India's Oppressed. (Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 1997)
Mankekar, Purnima. Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: Television, Womanhood and Nation in Modern India. ( Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000)
Zheng, Wang. Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories. (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, Berkeley, 1999)
Health and Health Care
Litt, Iris. Taking Our Pulse: The Health of America's Women. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997)
Freedman, Estelle. Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996)
Gelles, Edith. First Thoughts: Life and Letters of Abigail Adams. (New York, NY: Twayne Publishers, 1998)
Gelles, Edith. Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992)
McCurry, Stephanie. Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations and the Political Culture of Antebellum South Carolina Low Country. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1995)
Offen, Karen. European Feminisms, 1700-1950: A Political History. ( Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000)
Schiebinger, Londa. Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World ( Harvard University Press, 2004)
Yalom, Marilyn. A History of the Breast. (New York, NY: Knopf, 1997)
Schiebinger, L., (ed.). 2008. Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering. Stanford University Press, 2008 was published on March 12, 2008.
Schiebinger, Londa. Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (Beacon Press, 1993; Rutgers University Press, 2004)
Schiebinger, Londa. Has Feminism Changed Science? (Harvard University Press, 1999)
Schiebinger, Londa. The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Harvard University Press, 1989)
Lewin, Ellen. Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America. (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1996)
Mintz, Beth & Rothblum, Esther (eds). Lesbians in Academia: Degrees of Freedom. (New York, NY: Routledge, 1997)
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Grants and Prizes
The Clayman Institute offers the following awards and prizes for individual members of the Stanford community:
- The Iris F. Litt MD Fund  - provides research support grants up to $10,000 for faculty affiliated with the Institute.
- The Marjorie Lozoff Graduate Essay Prize  - provides one prize of $750 for a graduate student affiliated with the Institute.
- The Marilyn Yalom Research Fund  - provides research support grants up to $1,000 for graduate students affiliated with the Institute.
- The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership Scholarships  - provides professional training for a female student at Stanford (age under 36), and for a female professor affiliated with the Institute. Opportunities for female staff members are also available.
- The Clayman Institute Collaboration Fund  - provides an award of up to $750 for faculty affiliated with the Institute to bring a gender scholar to campus.
For more information, visit: http://www.stanford.edu/group/gender/FundingOpportunities/index.html .
Faculty Research Fellowship Program
Call for Applications: 2010-2011
Deadline: December 15, 2009
The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University invites applications for residential fellowships for the academic year 2010-2011 from tenured and tenure-track faculty (or the equivalent), and postdoctoral scholars, from the U.S. and international universities.>
Applications for one, two or three quarters will be considered. Fellows must remain on faculty and be in residence at the Clayman Institute for the duration of their fellowship. Fellowships will be non-stipendiary in 2010-2011, except for the postdoctoral appointment where stipend and benefits will be set and adjusted in accordance with Stanford University rules.
Fellows are provided with faculty-equivalent privileges for using Stanford's library and other facilities, an office at the Institute, and the collegiality of a diverse community of gender scholars from across the spectrum of academic disciplines and ranks.
Thematic Focus: "Reinvigorating the Revolution: Advancing Gender Equality in the Twenty-first Century"
Projects are supported in all disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, business, law, and medicine, among others, so long as they focus centrally on gender. Possible sub-topics include (but are not limited to):
• The gender division of household labor • Families and women's careers: the 2nd shift, opting out, on-ramping, and flexible schedules • Representations of women in culture and history • Gender stereotyping and bias in the workplace • Gendered meanings and practices at work and home • Women's experiences in male-dominated fields, such as science and engineering • Gendered innovations in knowledge: Bringing gender analysis into the practice of science • Gender and culture in history or literature • Advancing women's progress in the professions of business, medicine, and law • Historical and cross-national comparisons of women's educational and occupational progress • Effects of legal mandates (such a Title IX and FMLA) on women's careers • National policies, organizational polices, and work-family balance: what works? • Men's involvement in gender equality movements • Gender, leadership, and entrepreneurship
How to Apply: Applications are to be received in our office by 5:00pm (PST) on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Instructions and detailed information are available at http://gender.stanford.edu under “Fellowships.”