Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide

Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide

by Nan Bauer-Maglin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813531268

ISBN-13: 9780813531267

Pub. Date: 02/15/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

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. The women of the Baby Boom generation were the first to enter the professional world in large numbers, and the first such generational cohort to encounter

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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. The women of the Baby Boom generation were the first to enter the professional world in large numbers, and the first such generational cohort to encounter the challenges of retirement. The contributors urge women to reach for different approaches to this major stage of life, to find new self-images, to balance meaningful work and creative play, and to reform public policies to support enhanced opportunities for retirement. Many of these women were involved in the key activist movements of the sixties and seventies, and their work has often been an extension of their social commitment. Defining themselves through their careers, they have confronted traditional models at every stage of their lives and are now confronting their own negative stereotypes about retirement. The stories in this book compellingly chronicle the fears and hopes of women who have only begun to think about retirement, those who are in the process of retiring, some who have been retired for several years, and a few who have decided that retirement is not for them. Unlike traditional "how-to" books, Women Confronting Retirement makes clear that there are no right or wrong answers to the many questions this uncharted stage of life poses for women of the Baby Boom generation and those who follow. These women help us explore the next steps with the same courage they brought to every aspect of their lives before reaching retirement age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813531267
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
Part 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 Prepares 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
Part 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
Creating 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
Part 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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