Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Still, L., & Timms, W. (1997). Women and leadership working paper series: Paper no. 12: Career barriers and the older woman manager. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


The removal of the age retirement barrier has led to expectations that more and more older workers will remain in the workforce past the usual retirement age of 65. Women make up an increasing proportion of older workers, and Patrickson and Hartmann ( 1996) have shown that Australian women are planning not to retire in order to improve their retirement income.

An important section of the older workers group are the managerial and professional women, aged in their 50s, who are part of the first generation of women to have long-term careers like men i.e. full-time careers extending over 25 years, with few if any career interruptions, and with a record of successful achievement...