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Constructions of Women’s Age at the Workplace

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Margret Beisheim, Florentine Maier, Linda Maria Kreil and Bianca Gusenbauer

A woman is seldom perceived as «ageless», but is habitually categorized and assessed according to her age. Age-specific expectations exist for her body, her behaviour, and her way of living. In an economic context, these social norms concerning age and ageing have important consequences for women. They affect the way positions, salaries and career options are distributed. What is noticeable, however, is that a woman’s age is always held against her: A woman is too young for leadership, too unreliable to be promoted, too old to be retained in the company’s workforce. From quite different perspectives, constructions of women’s age at the workplace are discussed in this volume.
Contents: Margret Beisheim: Women’s Age as a «Double Jeopardy» - an Introduction – Helga Eberherr/Alexander Fleischmann/Roswitha Hofmann: Labour Market and Organisational Perspectives on Age(ing) - Bringing Gender, Diversity, and Intersectionality into Focus – Monika E. von Bonsdorff/Sirpa Koponen/Iiris Aaltio: Staying in Working Life? Early Retirement Intentions among Public Sector Nurses – Irene Kloimüller: Ageing at Work from a Woman’s Perspective – Marilyn Clarke/Linley Hartmann/Margaret Patrickson: Factors Influencing Work or Retirement Decisions for Australian Women Academics – Linley Hartmann/Helene Mayerhofer: Career Opportunities for Older Women: Does Career Capital Theory Assist in Understanding the Options They Have? – Linda Kreil: Women’s Age in the Austrian Employment Law with a Special Focus on Dismissal Protection – Florentine Maier: Doing Hair - Doing Age: Perspectives of Emancipated Ageing.