Do you think that being out of the full-time work force for those years hampered your career?

Juanita Kreps:
I’ve been so fortunate with my career it is very difficult for me to have any complaints about how it worked out.  I think what it did was put me a few years behind in the level of achievement, these days, certainly behind what the young women expect today.  Of course, in those days women so seldom were doing this that we didn’t feel the pressure, I suppose.  But Clif and I got our Ph.D.s at the same time and his progress up the academic ladder always was five to ten years ahead of mine; we are about the same age, as well.  So I think we just slowed it down.  On the other hand, I was able to do some writing while I was at home.  I never resented being out of the work force during that time.  Looking back on it, I must say I enjoyed it and I didn’t feel pressure the way I sense now young women feel.

- Juanita Kreps, Ph.D., U.S. Secretary of Commerce 1977-1979

Interview with Juanita Kreps by Lynn Haessly, January 17, 1986, Interview C-0011, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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