Women Come of Age

Women Come of Age : Perspectives on the Lives of Older Women

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In late twentieth century Britain ageing and old age is very much an issue for, and about, older women. Older women are survivors. They account for 58 per cent of people over the age of 60, 67 per cent of those over 75 and 80 per cent of those surviving to 90 and beyond. Yet to date very little material has been written about what it means to be an older woman in today's society.

Women Come of Age provides a comprehensive review of this subject, and by drawing on both feminist and life course perspectives, the contributors explore key issues such as work and poverty, health, friendship and sexuality, giving and receiving care, housing and leisure. They raise some challenging questions and suggest strategies for policy, provision and practice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • Hodder Arnold
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340552611
  • 9780340552612

Table of contents

Perspectives on the lives of older women
Life experience
Work, poverty and older women
Health issues and the older woman
Intimacy and sexuality amongst older women
Caring a legitimate interest of older women
The living environments of older women
A Third Age lifestyle for older women?
Women come of age
Appendix 1: Contact list - women's and older people's organizations
Appendix 2: Older women in Europe - their needs and rights, 'Charter of the European Federation of Elderly People'
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Review quote

This book should serve as a stimulating introduction for students within the fields of gerontology, nursing, medicine, social work and social services and women's studies, whose numbers are continually on the increase.
BOLD (The International Institute on Ageing) Vold

Is an ambitious and powerful book...highly topical and thought provoking.
Local Government Studies

Gathers together a rich seam of information on various aspects of their lives
Society Policy
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