Unique challenges facing older Australian women in the early 21st century


  • Stuart James Ewings Sydney University


Have the rights and improvements women fought for in the 20th century provided better outcomes for them as older women today? This article explores recent literature to uncover unique and significant challenges faced by older women in Australian, and similar ‘Western’, contexts. While sexism and ageism are challenges implied by the question above, contemporary literature also reveals that long-term exposure to domestic violence and abuse, penalties endured for unpaid caring, systemic gendered financial handicaps and intersecting minority vulnerabilities all contribute to poorer life outcomes. Financial and housing insecurity emerge as critically urgent disparities. The article concludes by exploring some ideas addressing the challenges through critical social work practices and further social research.


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