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Pioneering Women

Oral histories and video-taped panel conversations with trailblazing women on the Stanford faculty and staff.

Oral Histories

2015 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Law
Interviewer: Brest,Iris
Barbara Babcock traces the journey of her growing up in a little town in Arkansas to eventually becoming the head of the Washington D.C. Public Defenders, the first woman faculty member at Stanford Law School, the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Division, the author of two casebooks...
2015 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Medical School - Microbiology & Immunology
Interviewer: Waldron, Manjula
Helen M. Blau talks about her personal, academic and professional journey, her early adventures in Europe and how her parents were instrumental in shaping her career in science. She discusses her family’s escape from Nazi Germany; her father’ return to Europe, and her broad education in US...
2017 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Linguistics
Interviewer: Samra, Sukhi
Eve V. Clark, Richard W. Lyman Professor of Humanities and an internationally known linguist, reviews her life journey from the United Kingdom to the United States, discusses her research on language acquisition, teaching undergraduates, and the growth of the Department of Linguistics at Stanford....
| Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
History
Interviewer: Mahony, Zoe
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
| Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Pioneering Women
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
| Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Pioneering Women
Alumni
Interviewer: Du, Melissa
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
1978 | Project: Pioneering Women, | Project: Staff
Athletics
Interviewer: Davis, Margo
Former head of Stanford's Department of Women's Physical Education (1956-1968), Professor Guthrie joined the Stanford faculty/staff in 1936. She is especially remembered for her activities in women's intercollegiate tennis and skiing. She reflects on her family background and childhood in Seattle,...
2014 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Medical School - Genetics
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
Leonore (Lee) Herzenberg reviewed her life story with emphasis on her upbringing in New York; her studies with her husband Leonard at Cal Tech; the scientists they worked with in France, at Stanford and elsewhere; getting the Genetics labs started when Stanford’s medical school moved to...
2015 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Medical School - Oncology
Interviewer: Genovese, Jacqueline
Charlotte Jacobs begins her interviews by discussing her happy childhood in a large family in Tennessee, and the pressure she felt being a young girl in the 1950s with dreams of being a doctor. She goes on to detail the influence of Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine trials, of which she was a...
| Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Biology
Interviewer: Marincovich, Michele
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
| Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Political Science
Interviewer: Anderson, Benjamin
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
2018 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
In this 2016 oral history, Professor Anne Setian Kiremidjian, a structural engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, describes her early life in Bulgaria, her family’s immigration to the United States in the 1960s as a part of a program for those of...
2014 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Communication
Interviewer: Tobey, Karen
Marion Lewenstein talks about her background and career trajectory at Stanford. She speaks about her family, her work at Women’s Wear Daily and Fairchild Publications, and her work in Stanford’s Department of Communication. She reflects on working with the Stanford administrative staff and...
1977 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Pioneering Women
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Davis, Margo
Award-winning poet and writer Janet Lewis speaks about her family background and childhood; the Poetry Club at the University of Chicago; and her husband, Arthur Yvor Winters. She offers reflections on her literary work, motherhood, and life at Stanford during the Great Depression and World War II...
2011 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Psychology
Interviewer: Lewenstein, Marion
In this interview, Eleanor Emmons Maccoby offers great insight into her career in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. Much of the conversation focuses on her research into behavior, gender, and linguistic development, from the study of how young children behave to the ways in...
2016 | Project: Pioneering Women, | Project: Staff
President's Office
Interviewer: Devaney, Patricia L.
Anne S. Miner, a professor emeritus known for her research on management and organizational learning, worked at Stanford University in the 1970s as a consultant to the president on affirmative action for women and as the university’s affirmative action officer. She is recognized for her...
2012 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
English
Interviewer: Steinhart, Peter
Nancy Huddleston Packer, the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities, Emerita, discusses how Stanford’s rise to eminence came about largely through the efforts of President J.E. Wallace Sterling and Provost Frederick Emmons Terman. According to Packer, Sterling was adept at...
2014 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
English
Interviewer: Tracy, Allison
Nancy Huddleston Packer is the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Emerita. She talks about her undergraduate and graduate education as a time of maturing into a responsible student who studied theology as an intellectual pursuit rather than a...

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