Multiple Roles of Midlife Women

A Case for New Directions in Theory, Research, and Policy
  • Judy Long
  • Karen L. Porter
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


The flexible boundaries of the midlife period are sometimes said to include persons from ages 35 to 64. Midlife is a heterogeneous category, subsuming decisively different life courses. What “midlife” entails is a function, at least in part, of experiences and transitions in earlier periods. Women who currently fall into this category include the first of the baby boom, the veterans of the Feminine Mystique and the Great Depression eras and more than a few flappers. Different birth cohorts among today’s midlife women experienced predictable life transitions in different historical times. In addition, individuals within birth cohorts differ in the timing, sequencing, spacing, and duration of such life transitions as completing schooling, starting a family, and establishing careers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judy Long
    • 1
  • Karen L. Porter
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Health Studies ProgramMaxwell SchoolSyracuseUSA

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