Aging public services and the position of older women: an Australian case study

Colley, Linda (2014) Aging public services and the position of older women: an Australian case study. Journal of Women and Aging, 26 2: 160-181. doi:10.1080/08952841.2014.883232


Author Colley, Linda
Title Aging public services and the position of older women: an Australian case study
Journal name Journal of Women and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-2841
1540-7322
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08952841.2014.883232
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 160
End page 181
Total pages 22
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Contemporary labor markets are characterized by both aging of the workforce and the increase in participation of women. At the intersection of these two policy agendas are older women. Governments and employers recognize the importance of attracting and retaining older workers to address skills shortages, but the aging workforce discourse remains largely gender neutral. This research considers the intersection of age and gender in the context of public services, which are large employers of both women and older workers. It focuses on the agencies in an Australian state public service. The research finds that, despite decades of equal opportunity programs, there is still evidence of subtle inequalities and cumulative disadvantage. While the case study agencies employ a large proportion of older women, these women were generally recruited at younger ages and aged within the workforce. Their advancement and development opportunities were also inferior to those of older men. Despite these lesser opportunities, older women are generally very satisfied with their employment, and the employer should explore these residual inequalities if genuinely seeking to attract and retain all older workers.
Keyword Public service
Aging workforce
Older women
Intersectionality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 22 Apr 2014, 18:14:38 EST by Dr Linda Colley on behalf of School of Social Science