Details of Publication 601 for Project W056:

Byles J, Tavener M, Robinson I, Parkinson L, Warner Smith P, Stevenson D , Leigh L & Curryer C. Transforming Retirement: New definitions of life after work. Journal of Women and Aging, 2013; 25(1): 24-44

This quantitative research study uses survey data of women born between 1946 and 1951 in Australia. It follows earlier work that identified the importance of transitions from work for women of the baby boomer generation. We provide important insights into the lives of women who have partially or fully retired and the changing nature of women's work and retirement. For many women, retirement is characterized by newfound freedoms, opportunities, career change, and evolving identities, yet others view retirement as a continuation of previous occupational and gendered roles and commitments. This study has important implications for retirement policies for women.