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Evidence and Research about Menopause at Work

We receive a large number of correspondences from across the world from scholars interested in researching menopause at work.  This is great as we need as large an evidence base as possible to understand the menopausal experience in all it's diversity.

Unfortunately, we do not have time to always reply to these requests, so to help support the community, below we have included a list of our 'top 20' menopause at work resources. 

Atkinson, C., Beck, V., Brewis, J., Davies, A., & Duberley, J. (2021). Menopause and the workplace: New directions in HRM research and HR practice. Human Resource Management Journal, 31(1), 49-64.

Atkinson, C., Carmichael, F., & Duberley, J. (2021). The menopause taboo at work: Examining women’s embodied experiences of menopause in the UK police service. Work, Employment and Society, 35(4), 657-676.

Bariola, E., Jack, G., Pitts, M., Riach, K., & Sarrel, P. (2017). Employment conditions and work-related stressors are associated with menopausal symptom reporting among perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Menopause, 24(3), 247-251.

Beck, V., Brewis, J., & Davies, A. (2021). Women’s experiences of menopause at work and performance management. Organization, 28(3), 510-520.

Butler, C. (2020). Managing the menopause through ‘abjection work’: when boobs can become embarrassingly useful, again. Work, Employment and Society, 34(4), 696-712.


Grandey, A. A., Gabriel, A. S., & King, E. B. (2020). Tackling taboo topics: A review of the three M s in working women’s lives. Journal of Management, 46(1), 7-35.

Griffiths, A., MacLennan, S. J., & Hassard, J. (2013). Menopause and work: an electronic survey of employees’ attitudes in the UK. Maturitas, 76(2), 155-159.

Hardy, C., Griffiths, A., & Hunter, M. S. (2017). What do working menopausal women want? A qualitative investigation into women’s perspectives on employer and line manager support. Maturitas, 101, 37-41.

Hardy, C., Hunter, M. S., & Griffiths, A. (2018). Menopause and work: an overview of UK guidance. Occupational Medicine, 68(9), 580-586.

Hardy, C. (2020). Menopause and the workplace guidance: What to consider. Post reproductive health, 26(1), 43-45.

Irni, S. (2009). Cranky old women? Irritation, resistance and gendering practices in work organizations. Gender, Work & Organization, 16(6), 667-683.

Jack, G., Riach, K., & Bariola, E. (2019). Temporality and gendered agency: Menopausal subjectivities in women’s work. Human Relations, 72(1), 122-143.

Jack, G., Riach, K., Hickey, M., Griffiths, A., Hardy, C., & Hunter, M. (2021). Menopause in the workplace: Building evidence, changing workplaces, supporting women. Maturitas, 151, 63-64.

Macpherson, B. E., & Quinton, N. D. (2022). Menopause and healthcare professional education: A scoping review. Maturitas.

Verdonk, P., Bendien, E., & Appelman, Y. (2022). Menopause and work: A narrative literature review about menopause, work and health. Work, (Preprint), 1-14.

Riach, K., & Jack, G. (2021). Women’s health in/and work: menopause as an intersectional experience. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(20), 10793.

Riach, K., & Rees, M. (2022). Diversity of menopause experience in the workplace: Understanding confounding factors. Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research, 100391.


Steffan, B. (2021). Managing menopause at work: The contradictory nature of identity talk. Gender, Work & Organization, 28(1), 195-214.

Steffan, B., & Potočnik, K. (2021). Thinking outside Pandora’s Box: Revealing differential effects of coping with physical and psychological menopause symptoms at work. Human Relations, 00187267221089469.

Targett, R., & Beck, V. (2022). Menopause as a well-being strategy: Organizational effectiveness, gendered ageism and racism. Post Reproductive Health, 28(1), 23-27.

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