Analysis on older women in the British workplace: a case of stagnation or progress


This assignment was for the Managing Diversity in Organizations course during my MA (Soc Sci) Business & Management and Sociology at University of Glasgow. The main of the project was to analyze a socially marginalized group and their journey in the British workplace. Why employment rates of 50+ women is much lower than 50+ men? Systematic disadvantages are found in situational factors such as aging populations, intersectionality of gender and age, vertical and horizontal labor market segmentation, societal perceptions as well as power politics within the workplace.


  • Analyzed concepts relevant to the research
  • Produced a research paper with critique on the current situation contributing to older women’s lower status within the British workforce


  • Received positive reaction by lecturer
  • Ambiguity and stagnation within research prevails, which further marginalizes older women, whereas in practice – they experience discrimination during many employment stages
  • Government and employer actions within the past 20 years have been attempted to solve issues; however, they have not been enough to eliminate sources and outcomes of inequality that persist due to structural barriers and more individual forms of discrimination
  • Older women’s position may become less marginal if the source of their discrimination were to be discovered as well as if governments and employers work together to improve societal perceptions towards this group by assessing individuals based on their abilities rather than on their visual characteristics