Women’s experiences of menopause transition and performance management

Vanessa A Beck, Jo Brewis, Andrea Davies

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Presenting findings from our global evidence review of menopause transition and economic participation emboldened us to establish a menopause policy at the university where we all worked at the time. Our report was published in July 2017 and the policy was in place by November that year. Our critical reflection on this activism focuses on issues that are not commonly recognized around such interventions, and which we ourselves have only been able to acknowledge through engaged action. Challenges remain in normalizing menopause in organizations, specifically around gendered ageism and performance management. In drawing on Meyerson and Kolb’s (2000) framework for understanding gender in organizations, we highlight how policies are both vital and yet insufficient in and of themselves in revising the dominant discourse around menopause at work. At the same time, we highlight the importance and shortcomings of academic activism within these processes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Early online date24 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2019


  • Academic activism
  • age
  • gender
  • menopause
  • organizations
  • performance management

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