Empowered Women Can Address Age Bias

Empowered Women 50+: Using Strategic Communication to Address Age Bias I was shocked the first time I realized that my age had become an unspoken factor in a hiring decision. I was only about fifty-two at the time. I was fit, active, and thought of myself as being relatively youthful. I had an excellent background and was undoubtedly qualified for the fulltime college teaching position I wanted. I was prepared for my interview and had anticipated doing well. Unfortunately for me, three out of the four people on the hiring committee were nearly young enough to be my children. I…

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Bullying and Age Discrimination: Fighting Back

In some ways, bullying and age-discrimination feel very similar. When I was a child, I felt powerless when bullied. But now when I feel bullied as a result of age-discrimination, I fight back; I know that I have power and am willing to use it. Growing up, kids at school could plainly see that I was different. My mother routinely cut my hair with kitchen scissors and I wore Good Will clothes and durable shoes that my grandmother might have worn. The harder I tried to become invisible, the more obvious a target I was for bullies. Sometimes the bullying…

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Workplace Age-Discrimination and Gender

Last month I discussed some of the financial considerations women are more likely than men to face as they age. This month, we’ll be looking at a related topic: Age-discrimination and gender in the workplace.Workplace Age Discrimination and GenderIn spite of laws such as the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) that had been passed in 1967, age discrimination continues to be an ongoing problem in the workplace. AARP conducted a survey in 2018 and found that nearly two out of three workers over 45 had observed or experienced age discrimination in the workplace (seventy-two percent (72%) of female respondents and…

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Age Discrimination and Your Future

Age discrimination is a reality all of us must recognize. Even before we are ready to leave the workplace, we may start to experience a degree of marginalization because of our age. When individuals are discriminated against, excluded, or stereotyped because of age, these practices are commonly referred to as ageism. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ageism “is the most ‘normalized’ of any prejudice and is not widely countered—like racism or sexism.” The WHO mentions a number of ways that ageism directly affects older individuals including being stereotyped by the media, excluded from community activities, and overlooked for…

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Age-defying Messages Come with a Hefty Price. Let’s Be the Generation that Embraces Aging

In a culture that glorifies youth and shuns age, it’s no wonder cosmetic products and procedures that promise to defy aging are globally projected to separate us from $271 Billion U.S. dollars by 2024. Not surprisingly, most of the products that promise to restore our youth are nothing more than that—expensive promises. Even more radical ‘age-defying’ approaches such as plastic surgery have limitations and expiration dates. We really cannot afford to accept the age-defying messages. We need to be the generation that embraces positive aging. Positive aging doesn’t mean we reject looking our best; it just means we recognize the…

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