Swinburne University of Technology is conducting a study into how women over the age of 55 experience retirement. This means identifying how the experience is different to that of men's.
The study is now open and actively seeking participants, with Swinburne Emeritus Professor Susan Moore and Emeritus Professor Doreen Rosenthal from the University of Melbourne leading the research.
Very little research has been conducted into women's experience of retirement, with this historically not being an area of interest due to women's lack of participation in the workforce. This changed in late 1960s and 1970s, however prior to this, women in full-time work were an uncommon sight. Before 1966, married women were not allowed to work in the Commonwealth Public Service.
Many women who were back at work in the 60s, 70s or later are now retiring, or will be soon, and it is a good time to start monitoring their experiences. The study is looking at the psychological response to retirement, activities these women take part in, and the different experiences that women have compared to men.
Women in Retirement survey for women over 55 who are substantially retired.