Changing the Narrative: Older Women and the Cultural Sector Conference

18 May 2018, 09.45-16.15, The Conference Room, The Graduate School, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

"The starting point for this conference is the lived experience of women now in their 50s and 60s. With the benefit of access to education and contraception, they have lived their life differently from those of previous generations. Women in this cohort entered the workforce in greater numbers and for some this brought opportunities to work at a higher level taking on influential and professional management and leadership roles. What are the expectations of older women today? Drawing on academic and empirical research in gerontology, sociology and business and the personal experiences of older women working in the cultural sector, this event brings together current work in this multidisciplinary field.

What are the opportunities and barriers that exist for women who wish to continue to contribute to the sector that they spent their working lives in? Are there models of intergenerational work to build on which help ditch the old/young binary? Does creativity develop with age? How are the expectations of the way we live in our 60s and beyond changing? Rather than being a time of shrinking horizons, can the leadership experience and wisdom of older women be harnessed and how can we make the most of the new longevity?

To book a place on the conference (£30 fee) please follow this link."