The expectations and aspirations of a late-career professional woman

Carol Atkinson, Jackie Ford, Nancy Harding, Flora Jones

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This article presents a powerful account of one late-career woman’s lived experiences. Little is known about women who continue professional careers into their 50s and beyond. Here insights are offered into her aspirations and expectations, as she reflects upon a career fragmented by gendered caring responsibilities and the implications of ageism and sexism together with health and body for her late-career phase. The narrative enhances understanding of the intersection of age and gender in a context where masculine career norms dominate. It also offers a reflection upon the implications of these themes for late-career women and their employing organizations more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1028
Number of pages10
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number6
Early online date16 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • ageism
  • fragmented careers
  • health and body
  • late-career women
  • sexism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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