Being a Self-Employed Older Woman: From Discrimination to Activism


This article presents an autobiographical account of an older woman’s lived experience of self-employment. Little is known about women who experience ongoing self-employment into their 50s and beyond. Shoshanna’s personal narrative describes her experiences and the challenges she has faced as she reflects upon her attempts to grow and sustain her business and the implications of ageism and gender inequality in laying a claim to entrepreneurship. The narrative proceeds to reflect on her activist work, as it is constructed through the creation of a social enterprise to support older people. Shoshanna’s narrative provides valuable insights into the intersection of age and gender in self-employment moving from discrimination to active support.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Publication ISSN: 1469-8722
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 12:24
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 10:19
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-06-01
Published Online Date: 2018-11-13
Accepted Date: 2018-11-01
Authors: Meliou, Elina
Mallett, Oliver
Rosenberg, Shoshanna



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