Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide

Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide

by Nan Bauer-Maglin
     
 


Women Confronting Retirement showcases the voices of thirty-eight women from a wide range of professions, ages, and life situations as they confront the need to redefine who they are when they leave the workplace behind them. The women of the Baby Boom generation were the first to enter the professional world in large numbers, and the first to encounter theSee more details below

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Women Confronting Retirement showcases the voices of thirty-eight women from a wide range of professions, ages, and life situations as they confront the need to redefine who they are when they leave the workplace behind them. The women of the Baby Boom generation were the first to enter the professional world in large numbers, and the first to encounter the hazards of retirement. The contributors urge us to reach for new approaches to this major stage of life, to find new self-images, to balance meaningful work and creative play, and to work for the new public policies that support enhanced opportunities for retirement. Many of these women were involved in the key activist movements of the sixties and seventies, and their work often has been an extension of their social commitment. Defining themselves through their careers, they have challenged traditional models at every stage of their lives and are now being challenged by their own negative stereotypes about retirement.

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ISBN-13:
9780813531250
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. 1Thinking About Retirement31
One More Stretch of the Road33
The Old Brown Bag and the Used Tinfoil : Lessons from My Mother about Work and Retirement40
Exploring the No-Woman's Land of Old Age; or, How May Sarton's Counterstory Prepare Me for Retirement53
Clearing a Path to Retirement: Excerpts from a Journal66
Retiring into Intensity, Experiencing "Deep Play"79
On My Own Terms89
Cut Me Some Slack: Reflections on the Eve of Retirement97
Making a Difference108
Rethinking Ambition: Women on the Edge of Retiring117
Circling the Wagons: A Guide to Lesbian Retirement126
Baby Boom Women: The Generation of Firsts150
Pt. 2Stages Of Retirement159
Notes from the First Year161
Time to Look Back: My Family and the Movement177
Every Day a Sunday? Reflections on a First Year of Retirement187
Cheating a Self in Context201
"The Last of Life for Which the First Was Made"216
Afterthoughts227
A Mennonite Retirement: From Work Projects to Play Projects237
Rewriting the Books: Onward in Retirement245
Doc Finds Happiness in Arts Community256
Does an Activist Ever Retire?262
Discovering What Matters: A Focus Group on Retirement275
Still in Circulation: A Librarian Retires289
Harvesting the Threads of Commitment297
Retirement without Regrets305
Carpe Diem/Follow Your Passion311
Pt. 3Never Retire317
Retirement - The Final Question Mark?319
Progressions326
Social Insecurity: A Cautionary Tale336
Retirement: From Rags to Rags340
Change of Life348
Never Retire357
Selected Bibliography367
About the Editors and Contributors373

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