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Professor Janet Y. Murray named Woman of the Year by Women in the Academy of International Business – UMSL Daily

Janet Y. Murray, WAIB Woman of the Year

Janet Y. Murray, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Developing Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs in International Business, received the 2020 Woman of the Year Award from Women in the Academy of International Business. The award honors her research on gender and international business as well as her commitment to supporting women in academia. (Photo by August Jennewein)

For many women throughout the world, the barriers to pursuing a career in business are immense. Even those who earn a business degree face societal norms and laws that discourage them from entering the workforce.

For instance, until 2018, women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to drive, so they had to rely on others for transportation to and from work.

Janet Y. Murray, the E. Desmond Lee professor for Developing Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs in International Business at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, has researched international marketing and business strategies for decades and in the past decade has also focused on gender research. Her work and commitment to supporting women in academia were recognized this month with the Women in the Academy of International Business Woman of the Year award.

Murray found out she’d been named Woman of the Year in a late-night email. At first, she ignored it, but her curiosity got
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