Bachelor of Arts Bryn Mawr College, 1964. Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy Columbia University, 1967,1972.
Part-time Instructor, Assistant Professor, Barnard College, 1970-1972, 1972-1979. Co-Director, Program in Sex Roles and Social Change, Research Association, Center Social Sciences, Columbia University,
9, 1979-1982. Population Affairs Officer, Population Division, United Nations, 1979-1982.
Chief, Fertility and Family Planning Studies Section, Population Division, United Nations, New York, New York, United States of America.
My Doctor of Philosophy dissertation was on the effect of child subsidies on fertility. The study looked not only at the impact of a change in the effective price of children on a nation’s fertility rate but also at the factors determining the design of government policy. This research laid the groundwork for a continuing interest in population questions.
From 1972-1979,1 devoted my energies to the study of the economics of sex differentials. At an early stage in the development of the field, I brought together a group of scholars doing innovative work on women in the field of labour and selected, edited and published their work in a book titled, Sex Discrimination and the Division of Labor (1975). This was at a time when the number of women’s studies courses was growing and practically no course material was available in the economics field.
This book provided an impetus to further work in the field. One of the books’ contributors, Beth Niemi, and I then co-authored a book on The Economy of Sex Differentials which provided a thorough analysis of the evolution of the division of labour and the division of rewards between the sexes in the United States labour market. During this same period I headed a major United States Labor Department Conference on Women in the Labor Market and coedited a book of the same title.
Since 1979 my interest has returned to the population field, in particular fertility and family planning with a focus on the developing country context and a special concern for women’s work and fertility relationships.