Graduate student wins Myra Strober Prize

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Graduate student wins Myra Strober Prize

Award for exceptional Gender News article in 2013-14 goes to Nicole Martin

by Claire Patterson on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 3:37pm

The Clayman Insitute is pleased to announce Nicole Martin, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history, as the 2014 recipient of the Myra Strober Prize. The prize recognizes a Stanford student who writes a compelling Gender News article that focuses on women’s education, work, or family. 

Martin’s prize-winning article, “Women key in shaping Black Panther Party,” challenges the conception of the Black Panther Party as solely male and violent. Delving into the research of historian Ashley Farmer, a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute, Martin looks specifically at newspaper artwork produced by women artists. These artists tackled issues of representation by diversifying the ideal of the male revolutionary in their artwork. As Martin explains, these female artists for the Black Panther Party had an impact on real women’s lives by creating new political models of activism and paving the way for more equal gender relations—both then and now.

“I especially appreciate,” Martin says, “the recognition and support the Myra Strober Prize gives to students who help make available to a wider public audience the work of various scholars researching women’s education, women in the workplace, and family issues.” Further, Martin finds a clear link between both Farmer and Myra Strober’s research, writing, “Ashley’s research dedicated to historicizing how women of color have organized around the intersecting issues of gender, racial, and economic inequities and the cooperative process of writing for Gender News genuinely captures the spirit of Myra Strober’s own research on women and the workplace.”

"From start to finish, the Gender News writing experience is a collaborative one."

In response to receiving the award, Martin explains just how meaningful the process of collaborative writing is for her: “From start to finish, the Gender News writing experience is a collaborative one.” Martin extends her gratitude to both Farmer, for her “exciting and important work” and Brenda Fink, Gender News editor at the Clayman Institute, for “diligently refining the major ideas and organization of the article.” 

The $1,500 award is named for Myra Strober, a groundbreaking Stanford labor economist who was the founding Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research (then the Center for Research on Women). Strober is a professor emerita at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and (by courtesy) Graduate School of Business. The Myra Strober Prize, funded by the Strassmann-Smisek Fund, recognizes the importance of translating gender research to influence social change.

In addition to appearing in Gender News, Martin's article will be recognized in the Clayman Institute’s annual research magazine, upRising

Nicole Martin
Ph.D candidate, Department of History

Nicole Martin is a Ph.D. candidate in Stanford's Department of History, specializing in gender, feminist, and nineteenth-century U.S. history. Her primary research interest is in gender and feminist history. Besides working year-round on the Clayman Institute's Student Writing Team, Nicole can also be found teaching for Stanford Summer Humanities Institute during the summer.