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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Voices of Mature Women Matter

Voices of Mature Women Matter: Women's History MonthIt is Women’s History Month. Last Sunday, March 8th was International Women’s Day. Along with several other women from our area, I attended “Women and Words: Celebrating Creativity.” The celebration began with a chorus singing about the power of women’s voices. Then women from the Southern Oregon Women Writer’s Group read their poems and stories honoring women’s lives and their often-unspoken truths.  These readers were mature women who communicated the kind of wisdom and insight that typically takes years to earn—if ever.After the final reading, all of us rose to our feet and…

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You’re Just Old: Age and Outrage

Ageism and Outrage As an older woman, I am becoming more aware of how ageism can affect various aspects of my life and the lives of others—especially when it comes to medical care. I do not believe it is acceptable for any medical professional to discount health concerns by saying, “You’re just old.” Yet this continues to happen to people as they age.  I am learning that when we educate ourselves about ageism and speak up, we have power. Cathy is one of my neighbors. She is an active 82-year-old woman. She has taught dance classes for years. I often…

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Fed UP with Rhetoric That Divides Rather Than Unites

Some of you know that I feel strongly about some issues. One of those issues is climate change. My intention in writing today is not to make a political statement, but rather to make a point on rhetoric that pits younger generations against older generations. I am fed up with rhetoric that separates rather than unites us on climate change and other issues of major importance. Prompted to speak up I’ve never sent an email to a major political candidate before until a few days ago. Last week, I decided I was tired of talk about how younger people are…

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