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Title: Gendering Pensions: Making Women Visible
Authors: Grady, Joanne K.
First Published: 9-Jun-2015
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Citation: Gender, Work and Organization, 2015, 22 (5), pp. 445-458
Abstract: This paper argues that the UK pension system is gender blind and is structured around a heteropatriarchal experience. It does so by analysing two key pieces of UK pension policy: the New Flat Rate State Pension and Auto-Enrolment. Since the 1980s the value of the British state pension has fallen, and it is now worth half what it was in 1979. This presents a particular disadvantage for women who not only tend to be lower paid, but because of a gendered occupational life course, also tend to work part-time hours, and thus also fail to work the number of qualifying years for the full state pension. Traditionally, this results in a pension penalty for women. It is argued that the New Flat Rate State Pension and Auto-Enrolment will counteract this disadvantage, and political discourses used by policymakers claim that they will also create a fairer society. The argument presented here seeks to demonstrate that this claim is problematic by exposing how (i) gender blindness prevents gender equality in pension provision delivery, and (ii) how the formulation of these policies are actually reinforced by a heteropatriarchal welfare system, which fundamentally undermines the contribution made by women to the economy.
DOI Link: 10.1111/gwao.12096
ISSN: 0968-6673
eISSN: 1468-0432
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Grady, J. (2015) Gendering Pensions: Making Women Visible. Gender, Work and Organization, 22: 445–458. doi: 10.1111/gwao.12096., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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