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Gendering women: Identity and mental wellbeing through the lifecourse

Suzanne Clisby and Julia Holdsworth


Gendering Women is an engaging and accessible account of how constructions of femininity fundamentally affect women’s mental wellbeing through the life course. Led by women’s life history accounts of growing up and growing older in the north of England, this book shows how experiences of becoming and being a woman – in family life, education, employment, motherhood and situations of violence – both enable and erode self confidence and esteem. The challenges to women’s mental wellbeing cut across age and class differences and have profound impacts on the material conditions of women’s lives thr ... More

Keywords: gender, women, identity, mental health, wellbeing, lifecourse, violence, education, employment, motherhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781847426772
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suzanne Clisby, author
University of Hull, UK

Julia Holdsworth, author