Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 3: Older women and career development: double (triple) jeopardy plus or endless opportunities?

Judy McGregor


Older women in paid employment are typically viewed as a ‘problem’ reflecting the double jeopardy of sexism and ageism, and sometimes the triple jeopardy of race. The deficit approach also reinforces long-standing, widely held and negative stereotypes about older women workers. However, the gravitational forces of demographic change with ageing populations and potential labour market shortages internationally will challenge the ‘problem’ orthodoxy of older women workers. This chapter takes as a positive standpoint the need to more firmly locate older women’s career development in the context of equal employment opportunities and anti-discrimination frameworks. This approach is timely given the nexus between concepts of diversity in the workplace and more legalistic notions of equality which are central to labour relations in many countries. The chapter acknowledges the point that the career development of older women warrants specific attention.

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