Susannah Ottaway, Carleton College Elizabeth F. Her primary research and writing interests focus on older women and men who choose to continue in the paid work force beyond conventional retirement age. For example, in education they are professor, teacher, instructor, dean, interpreter, tutor, and director. It's a beautiful thing to be a musician still able to perform, compose, and educate at the age of 87. Everything else is more or less a rehashing of the above, interlaced with many, many interviews. Women Still at Work tells the everyday stories of hard-working women and the reasons they're still on the job, with a focus on women in the professional workforce. Brava to all these women.
Note: Look for the paperback edition in November- Elizabeth F. Advice for 60+ Job-Hunting Women Although Fideler is a researcher, not an employment counselor, I couldn't help but ask her advice to women in their 60s who are looking for work. A follow-up to her study of older working women, Fideler once again demonstrates the value of compiling the personal stories of older Americans who remain on the job well past traditional retirement age. Two-thirds of these professional women are working in the private sector, the remainder in the public sphere 29 percent , or both public and private 6 percent. I have begun to notice that my energy level is lower than when I was in my 30s and 40s.
While the high-powered women interviewed here are by no means typical, they provide wonderful examples of the importance of mentoring, persistence and positivity for women who have the opportunities to stay active and engaged in the workplace well beyond modern thresholds of old age. Well-written, but survey did not include a sufficient percentage of minorities nor poorly-educated women. Match the map in your head with those of different women depicted in the book and consider what's next for you. Fideler can be reached at lizpaulfideler mindspring. Women Still at Work draws on national survey data and in-depth interviews to show the many reasons why women are working well past the traditional retirement age. Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Realities of Work and Aging in America Chapter 3: Beyond Age Discrimination Chapter 4: The Employment Situation for Adult Workers in the United States Chapter 5: Over Sixty and On the Job Chapter 6: Where Older Women Work Chapter 7: Why Older Women Work Chapter 8: Personal Challenges and Concerns Chapter 9: And If There Is Time to Spare. Women work past retirement both because they must to support themselves and because they want to continue to contribute in their chosen fields.
Some of the women Fideler profiles are real stand-outs with notable lists of achievements and activities--they made me feel like a bit of a slacker. More Than Just The Money But Fideler says that during her hour-long interviews with 34 of the respondents, she repeatedly heard that working, to them, was about much more than money. Sharon Feiman-Nemser This book challenges assumptions about why women work after the age of sixty, and thoughtfully explores how such women manage the boundaries between their professional and personal lives. Flag Abuse Flagging a post will send it to the Goodreads Customer Care team for review. Her primary research and writing interests focus on older women and men who choose to continue in the paid work force beyond conventional retirement age. Fideler then conducted in-depth interviews of several women and provides their stories as fascinating case studies. Fideler rightly admires her subjects.
She continued working for many years as an education researcher and senior manager in non-profit organizations. We will require credit card information when you place the order. Fideler research fellow, Sloan Ctr. Ideas flowed more freely then, too! Each woman's character is an open book, revealed through her thoughts, ambitions, challenges, and love of life. Currently she is working on a biography of Margaret Pearmain Welch 1893-1984 , Proper Bostonian, activist, pacifist, reformer, and preservationist and longtime resident of Louisburg Square and Framingham, Massachusetts. Her in-depth portrayals of the 34 women are thorough and enlightening. It dovetails nicely with Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style, which observes older women who redefine what old age looks like.
Women Still at Work draws on national survey data and in-depth interviews, showing not only the big picture of older women advancing their careers despite tough economic conditions, but also providing the personal insights of everyday working women from all parts of the country. Only negative is that there weren't a lot of examples of women who were working after 60 who had no choice due to economic or family issues. Women Still at Work shows employment to be a positive and rewarding part of life for many women well beyond the expected retirement age. Note: Look for the paperback edition in November-December 2017. This is the Next Avenue blog about Elizabeth's new book.
Library Subject 3 Retirement age; United States. You can get the survey by emailing Fideler. Do I have to pick it up in the store, or can you deliver my signed book? It is, instead, lively, hopeful, and even emotional—she is speaking directly to women, particularly to us older women, sparking our confidence and encouraging us through the eyes of others. Their stories showcase some of the key themes women choose to stay at work--including job satisfaction, diminishing retirement savings, the need to support children or parents longer in life, exercising the hard-won right to work, and more. Computer and resume help is needed in public libraries, as well as literacy and adult education. Van Horn, director of Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University Dr. There is no extra fee for a signed book! Ave for three more blocks.
Those are just two findings from a survey of 155 female boomers working full- or part-time by Elizabeth F. She is an experienced presenter and the author of numerous articles and reports. The take-away is that there are exciting possibilities out there for older women. . It is, instead, lively, hopeful, and even emotional-she is speaking directly to women, particularly to us older women, sparking our confidence and encouraging us through the eyes of others. Elizabeth Fideler has taken on a fascinating and increasingly pertinent subject and through her skillful profiles of men at work in a great variety of fields, the result is a highly engaging book of considerable insight and merit. Fideler rightly admires her subjects.
Verdict For those interested in women's history and the evolution of the workplace. In fact, the fastest growing segment of the workforce is women age sixty-five and older. Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault, provost emerita, Portland State University Engagingly written, Fideler's book illustrates a relatively new and largely positive trend among older women in the workforce. Currently she is working on a biography of Margaret Pearmain Welch 1893-1984 , Proper Bostonian, activist, pacifist, reformer, and preservationist and longtime resident of Louisburg Square and Framingham, Massachusetts. Meet Amy Kaiser, the director of the St. Hers is just the kind of groundbreaking work that spawns more theory and research for a new stage of life that is yet to be fully delineated. Reviews Fideler tells the stories of older working women, backing them up with comparisons to national data and the latest research.