Profile: Mary C. Murphree

From 1985 until March 1, 2005, Dr. Mary Murphree served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor, Region II, Women's Bureau. In that capacity, she represented the interests of approximately six million working women in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Following her retirement from government, Dr. Murphree became a Senior Advisor at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Her areas of expertise include technology and employment and training; low-wage labor issues such as the policy challenges of "contingent work" (part-time, temporary and independent contracting), and the equal opportunity challenges faced nationally by women and minority workers.

Dr. Murphree earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University, and her B.A. from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. Her Ph.D. dissertation analyzed the caste system and changing role of legal secretaries in Wall Street law firms as a result of information technology and the introduction of paralegal personnel during the 1970s. Prior to joining the federal government, Dr. Murphree was a visiting professor at Queens College, City University of New York. She also held a post-doctoral fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center in a program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health on The Economics and Sociology of Women and Work.

Currently, Dr. Murphree serves as a Commissioner on the NYC Mayor's Commission for Women's Issues, and on the boards of the Women's City Clubof New York, and Wider Opportunities for Women, WOW, a national employment and training advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.