Is Transition Gendered?

  • Linda Rossetti


As I met and talked with more and more women, I grew more excited about the definition for transition and the usefulness of its framework. One dimension remained unresolved: was transition different for women? I could not pretend as if there was nothing to this question. Women I spoke with constantly added qualifiers to their stories: “part-time,” “re-entering,” “exiting,” or a subtle apology for decisions, like the decision to stay at home full time. Others shared career right turns spawned by unplanned events tied to care roles, like a child’s diagnosis with a learning disability or a spouse’s illness. The frequency with which I heard comments like these suggested to me that there was something more in transition for women. But what?


Male Norm Belief Structure Care Role Gender Experience Unplanned Event 
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