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
"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.