In the early 1900s, menopause was an end-of-life event. Life expectancy was so short that many women died before or during menopause. Today, it is a mid-life, and mid-career experience. With life expectancy more than 80 years, women can live more than a third of their life post-menopause. And for many of those, they can be in employment.
So, how do we help women thrive and flourish in their careers through their menopause? How do we as individuals, teams and organisations support and enable them?
If you’d like to reflect on this issue then here is a list of useful resources for you to explore:
Menopause in the media
Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause was aired in the UK in May 2021. Davina shares her own story of menopause and exposes some of the common myths that surround it. (Needs Channel 4 login to view, may not work outside the UK)
The Insiders Guide to the Menopause (2017) aims to cut through the ‘confusion and unsayable’. (Needs BBC iPlayer login to view, may not work outside the UK)
Health and wellbeing
Women’s Health Concern (WHC) is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society (BMS), providing a confidential, independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their gynaecological and sexual health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns.
NHS Inform menopause. NHS Inform is Scotland’s national health information service. It helps people make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.
Healthtalk on menopause. Healthtalk.org contains hundreds of real people’s stories. These stories are collected by academic researchers who interview people in their own homes, using their own words.
British Menopause Society search tool, to find your nearest BMS-recognised menopause specialist.
The Menopause Exchange gives independent advice, helpline and talks about the menopause, midlife and post-menopausal health. The articles provide information written by experts in their field (e.g. gynaecologists, GPs, pharmacists, specialist nurses, dietitians, complementary practitioners, counsellors)
Age UK’s fact sheet on the menopause.
Life at work
Henpicked is one of the UK’s largest, fastest-growing websites for women who weren’t born yesterday. They aim to spark discussion, promote debate and, hopefully, bring about positive change.
Menopause Support a charity which campaigns for better education and advises businesses on what to do.
Balance App which is a digital tool that provides information and a community where you can share your experience of menopause and peri-menopause.
Fawcett Society study, working with Standard Chartered Bank and the Financial Services Skills Commission on a research project to explore how the menopause transition affects the progression of women into senior roles in the Financial Services Industry.
What do menopausal women want? A qualitative investigation of line manager support.
OU Lecture on Menopause at Work by Jo Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Faculty of Business and Law at Open University.
CIPD guidance on menopause at work for people professionals.
You might also be interested to read about the issues other people have raised when discussing this topic: https://becoming.international/2021/06/10/when-sleeping-women-wake-mountains-move/