1st Edition

Women's Career Development Throughout the Lifespan An international exploration

Edited By Jenny Bimrose, Mary McMahon, Mark Watson Copyright 2015
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    Women's careers have been a topic of research and discussion in many disciplines including sociology, business, industrial, organisational and vocational psychology, and career guidance. Despite the introduction of equal employment legislation in many countries, women’s patterns of career development continue to reflect structural labour market disadvantage.

    This unique book brings together expert contributions from academic researchers, as well as representing the voices of older women who participated in an international research investigation. Grounded in multidisciplinary empirical studies, the book provides:

    • a variety of perspectives on women's careers in the 21st century
    • an international exploration of the voice of the older woman
    • an understanding of both the challenges and responses to women as they construct their careers.

    Offering a comprehensive understanding of women’s career development throughout the lifespan, this book will be of key interest to academics and researchers from the fields of education, psychology, management, geography, labour market economics and sociology, as well as career practitioners, managers, trainers, researchers and policy developers.


    Foreword Wendy Patton 1. Introduction Jenny Bimrose, Mary McMahon, and Mark Watson  Section 1: The international context: research perspectives  2.  Geographical perspectives on women’s careers – why and how space matters Anne Green  3. Work and older women: interdisciplinary perspectives from India U. Vindhya  4. Falling between the cracks: older women and employer policymaking Catherine Earl, Philip Taylor, Ruth Williams and Elizabeth Brooke 5. When good jobs go bad and bad jobs get worse: women’s progression opportunities in a polarised labour market Doris Eikhof and Chris Warhurst  6. Organisational perspectives on women’s career: disappointments and opportunities Polly Parker and Amanda Roan  Section 2: National Studies: Hearing the voices of older women  7. Methodological considerations Mark Watson, Jenny Bimrose and Mary McMahon  8. Voices of older women from Argentina Pamela Suzanne  9. Voices of older women from Australia Mary McMahon  10. Voices of older women from Canada Nancy Arthur  11. Voices of older women from China Ying Kuang  12. Voices of older women from England Jenny Bimrose  13. Voices of older women from Germany Simone Haasler  14. Voices of older women from Italy Massimo Tomassini  15. Voices of older women from Portugal Filomena Parada, Carolina Correia and Isabel P. Gomes  16. Voices of older women from South Africa Mark Watson  17. Life stories: a synthesis of the voices of women Maria Eduarda Duarte  Section 3: Looking to the future  18. Women and work: a theoretical analysis David Blustein  19. Implications for research Mary Sue Richardson, Kristin Elizabeth Black and Yoko Iwaki  20. Implications for career policy Ken Roberts  21. Implications for career practice Mary McMahon, Mark Watson and Jenny Bimrose  22. Epilogue Jenny Bimrose, Mary McMahon and Mark Watson



    Jenny Bimrose is Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK.

    Mary McMahon is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia.

    Mark Watson is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

    "The explanation of the methodology, including listening to the women's voices, is clear and a helpful commentary on different approaches to research... This book is accessible, easy-to-read and provides an opportunity for those interested in social justice and equality/diversity to consider issues in relation to career development theory. It provides a space to reflect on practice abd will be useful for those in the field and researchers alike." - Jill Collins, Project Manager for Women in SET at Sheffield Hallam University, Career Matters.