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40 Years Overview

Institute founders from left to right, Cynthia Russell, Beth Garfield, Myra Strober, Susan Heck, and Jing Lyman

Founded in 1974, the Clayman Institute is one of the nation’s oldest organizations focused on gender research.   Stanford University took a leadership role in gender equality forty years ago when four women – three audacious students (Beth GarfieldSusan Heck, and Cynthia Russell) and one bold assistant professor (Myra Strober)– banded together to start the Center for Research on Women.  Guided by first-­‐lady Jing Lyman, and with the support of then Stanford President Richard Lyman, these rabble-rousers changed the world. 

Forty years ago, leadership meant starting one of the first academic research centers focused on understanding women’s issues and improving women’s lives.  Today, leadership means utilizing gender research to catalyze the sustainable advancement of women’s leadership.

For the past forty years the Clayman Institute has been a pioneer in gender research, asking new questions and inspiring original research.  Today, the Institute successfully set a new research agenda to empower women leaders and foster gender equality in the workplace with the launch of the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership in 2014. We continue to create interdisciplinary networks of scholars and advocates to collaborate on innovative solutions for gender equality. 

For the full story, view "The Clayman Institute 40 Year History".


Jing Lyman, 1974                                                                 Myra Strober, 1974    

Susan Heck (left) and Cythia Russell, 1974