Myra was a student of the University of Hamburg, Germany between 1969 and 1970. The she graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. In 1976 she received a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University.
Ferree was a senior research associate at Boston College in 1975-1976. Thereafter she was an assistant professor of sociology and women’s studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs from 1976 until 1981, an associate professor from 1981 until 1987, a professor since 1987. She worked as a director of Women's Studies Program, University of Connecticut, Storrs from 1985 until 1987. She also was guest professor at the University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany in 1985 and at Flinders University in 1993. In 2004 Ferree was the Maria-Jahoda Visiting Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum. Myra Marx Ferree is currently a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. Her current work focuses on comparisons between US and German feminist movements and gender policy developments since the 1960s as well as the development of feminist identities in transnational women’s organizations.
Myra has written numerous articles about feminist organizations and politics in the US, Germany and internationally.
Myra has been a member of the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Society for Study of Social Problems, Sociologists for Women in Society. She is also a member of the Women's Studies Program.
Myra married G. Donald Ferree, Jr. on June 5, 1971.