Podcast Episode: 014 Experiencing Age Discrimination? Feeling Invisible? Try These Solutions

Episode Summary:

In this episode, Gloria tackles a sensitive topic that impacts women of all ages: age discrimination. In her experience, Gloria has observed that women of a certain age tend to feel invisible in the workplace and struggle to be heard and remain relevant. She argues that age diversity is just as important to an organization’s growth and bottom line as gender, ethnic, and racial diversity.

Aged employees bring a certain amount of maturity, experience, and skill that younger employees may lack. Gloria cites designer Vera Wang, chef Julia Child, and author Laura Ingalls-Wilder, among others, as examples of successful women who started their famous careers later in life. Finally, Gloria shares two sets of practical tips for how employers and individuals alike can identify signs of age discrimination and address them accordingly. 

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Books Mentioned

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In This Together: How Successful Women Support Each Other in Work and Life, by Dr. Nancy O’Reilly

No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, by Gloria Feldt

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Quotes / Tweetables

“Many women say they feel invisible after fifty no matter how much value they know they have to contribute.”

— Gloria Feldt

“Whereas wrinkles, grey hair and a weathered face often cause people to view men as looking more distinguished or successful even into their ninth decade or beyond, a woman with grey hairs and wrinkles is more likely to be seen as over-the-hill, unattractive, and to be passed over for advancement.”

— Gloria Feldt

“Laws banning age discrimination may be in place, but laws don’t necessarily change the workplace culture. Systematic solutions are needed, for starters.”

— Gloria Feldt

“In the end, age diversity is as important as gender or ethnic and racial diversity to improving innovation and adding to the bottom line.”

— Gloria Feldt

“Designer Vera Wang didn’t design her first dress until she was forty years old. Julia Child was fifty when she wrote her first cookbook. Laura Ingalls-Wilder, writer of the Little House on the Prairie series, didn’t write the series’ first book, Little House in the Big Woods, until she was sixty-five.”

— Gloria Feldt

“Reframe your age in your own mind and in the way you speak to prospective employers as a competitive advantage. You have the skills, wisdom, and experience that every organization needs. Even youth organizations need the stability of older generations and the value of cross-generational mentorship.”

— Gloria Feldt

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