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Time to change the ‘change’: stigma and support in blogs about the menopause

Time to change the ‘change’: stigma and support in blogs about the menopause

Darmon, Keren (2024) Time to change the ‘change’: stigma and support in blogs about the menopause. Gender and Research (Gender a výzkum). ISSN 2570-6578 (Print), 2570-6586 (Online) (In Press)

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Following an overview of existing research, this article empirically explores how women who are members of women-only networks for women working in media and communications blog about the menopause, identifying an entanglement of feminist and postfeminist sensibilities. Recent research into the diversity of various communication industries reveals a predominantly female workforce as well as a ‘gender pay gap’, explained by a ‘leadership gap’, whereby men in these industries cluster in the more senior, higher-paid roles (ANA and AIMM 2022; PRCA 2020) Women-only networks for women working in communications are fascinating subjects of research especially as they have as their stated goal to “improve equality and diversity across the industry by increasing the number and diversity of women in leadership roles” (Women in PR 2022). Furthermore, Global Women in PR recently found that only three in ten female PR agency workers see themselves working in agency roles in their 50s (2023), precisely the time when they would be likely to both experience the menopause and rise to the top of their profession. This requires further examination and I propose to start by exploring what women working in communications, who are members of women-only networks write about in their blogs about the menopause, which is “enjoying a moment” (Orgad and Rottenberg 2023:2).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Thematic Issue | Convergences: Communication, work and gender
Uncontrolled Keywords: women in communications; blogging the menopause; women-only networks
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 10:22

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