The Change at Work - Workshop #3

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National Facility for Human-Robot Interaction Research

3 Greens Road

Paddington, NSW 2021

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Citizen Science: Expanding Experimental Aesthetics in the Social Imaginary of Menopause at Work

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This project aims to destigmatise women’s experiences of menopause at work and reframe it as a part of healthy ageing. Through advanced co-design, the research collects qualitative data on how Australian women experience menopause in the workplace.

By collecting data on women’s lived experiences of menopause, through collaborative storying and image-making, the workshop challenges the stigma of menopause as a symbol of ageing. This is because the creation of user-generated content casts women in the role of citizen scientists and grants women agency in discussing menopause as a significant rite of passage to maturity rather than taboo.

While a number of cultural markers celebrate pregnancy as a natural development in women’s maturation, 70% of women surveyed by the BBC in 2018 did not disclose their menopausal status to their manager. However, nearly half of the women surveyed described mental health impacts.

Despite the increasing number of women working during menopause, growing by an average 23% every ten years, in 2020 the Harvard Business Review described menopause as ‘the strongest, most impactful, and most discriminatory taboo still existing in the workplace’.

In partnership with the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, the research will benefit women in Australian workplaces and address the silence surrounding menopause.

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