september, 2019

19sep5:30 pm7:00 pmThe Financial Future of Older Women in Australia: Beyond Poverty, Pity and Parity10th Annual South Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Public Lecture5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)Audience:Alumni,Career Counsellors,Donors,Employers,Future students,General Public,Government departments & agencies,High school students,Industry partners,International students,Recent graduates,Researchers,Staff,Students,Teachers

Event Details

Older women will enter into retirement with 40% less superannuation than men. But how does this happen, and why will it continue to happen?

Professor Kathleen Riach will move beyond the well-known statistical accounts of gender and ageing to explore the complex cultural, structural and political reasons why women continue to become unequal and forgotten members of our society as they grow older.

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The 10th Annual South Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Public Lecture is an annual event that draws together academics, community organisations and community members. Each year a leading researcher speaks on an issue that is timely and of interest beyond the academy.

Hosted by the Inequality Theme and Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University; the Discipline of Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies and the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide; the Research Centre for Gender Studies at the University of South Australia; and special co-hosts, the Working Women’s Centre (SA).

Limited spots available. RSVP essential.

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About Professor Kathleen Riach

Professor Kathleen Riach is Professor of Management at Monash Business School, Monash University Australia, and Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University, UK. Her research focuses on the experience of growing up and older in and around the labour market, particularly for women. As well as publishing in leading academic journals, her work has been presented in National and International arenas, including the United Nations and UK government.

She was recently awarded a Mercator Fellowship and this year has launched MIPO (Menopause Information Pack for Organisations), a free, open access suite of resources to help manager’s introduce and embed best practice menopause support in the workplace.

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Abstract: Older women will enter into retirement with 40% less superannuation than men. But how does this happen, and why will it continue to happen?   Professor Riach will move beyond the well-known statistical accounts of gender and ageing to explore the complex cultural, structural and political reasons why women continue to become unequal and forgotten members of our society as they grow older. She will show how current narratives encourage us to think about women’s poverty in particular ways, how we often frame older women as helpless victims, and how focus on working towards gender equality often assumes a male benchmark.  Such narratives, while well intentioned, often deflect or displace a focus on more systemic reasons and issues that need to be acknowledged and tackled. Drawing on her own research and other significant studies, Professor Riach will use women’s own voices and accounts of their working and life course trajectories to articulate these challenges, suggesting how we might render visible and value their experiences to shape initiatives that better suit the lived reality of growing older as a women in 21st century Australia and beyond – and what the stakes might be in not doing so.

 

Thursday 19 September 2019 | 5:30pm – 7pm

Flinders at Victoria Square
Room 1 | Level 1
Flinders University Victoria Square
182 Victoria Square | Adelaide SA 5000

Fee:

Free

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Time

(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)

182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia

Organiser

Sophie Fiegert | College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciencessophie.fiegert@flinders.edu.au | 8201 5324

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