Women and Aging

An International, Intersectional Power Perspective

  • Varda Muhlbauer
  • Joan C. Chrisler
  • Florence L. Denmark

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Varda Muhlbauer
    Pages 1-7
  3. Joan C. Chrisler, Meghan Rossini, Jessica R. Newton
    Pages 9-30
  4. Andrew J. Schein, Nava Haruvi
    Pages 31-49
  5. Florence L. Denmark, Hillary Goldstein, Kristin Thies, Adrian Tworecke
    Pages 71-88
  6. Maureen C. McHugh, Camille Interligi
    Pages 89-116
  7. Suzanna M. Rose, Michelle M. Hospital
    Pages 117-146
  8. Jennifer L. O’Brien, Susan Krauss Whitbourne
    Pages 147-167
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-172

About this book


These are paradoxical times to be an older woman . As individual older women take the stage as role models in the arts and the public sphere, female elders as a group are marginalized as dependent, declining, and unimportant.

Women and Aging surveys the evolving sociopolitical landscape in an era still struggling with gender and age discrimination. This insightful volume recasts familiar concepts such as social roles, appearance, health, sexuality, and transition through the related lenses of empowerment/restraint and quality of life/well-being for a deeper understanding of the disparities that exist both with men and within their own gender. Two especially relevant questions emerge from this framework: how women over 60 are contributing to the current climate of societal change, and how these positive developments can improve the lives of older women as a whole. Featured topics analyze the wider implications of older women's experiences as family members, sensual and sexual beings, drivers of economies, and members of a diverse population worldwide: 

  • Older women, power, and the body.
  • Older women, economic power, and consumerism.
  • The impact of multiple roles on older women: Strain or enrichment?
  • Older women, leadership, and encore careers.
  • Sexuality in older women: Desirability and desire.
  • Lesbians over 60: Newer every day.
  • Clinical interventions to empower older women.

A significant advanc

e in feminist research, Women and Aging brings path-breaking perspectives to scholars in women’s studies, gerontology, psychology, sociology, social work, and human development, whether they study women who have overcome barriers or those who need support in changing the rules.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Varda Muhlbauer
    • 1
  • Joan C. Chrisler
    • 2
  • Florence L. Denmark
    • 3
  1. 1.Netanya Academic CollegeOrganizational Behavior and School of MBANetanyaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyConnecticut CollegeNew LondonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyPace UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09305-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09306-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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