Over the Hill (or the Downside of the hill)
For those of you (like myself) who are on the ‘downside of the hill’ (I’ve heard this being used several times now), ageism IS a real factor in our current society. I was never one to think of older people as OLD, I am more of the southern mindset of “respect your elders” (because they were wiser or already lived through what I would be coming to).
But now that I AM one of the older (not feeling wiser) ones, I can definitely see the patterns emerge. Sadly working with my sister and our doctor who handles geriatric and adult family home patients, it’s giving even more insight (into the health sides as well). And I knew that my ‘change’ in jobs (last job) was not only because I was deemed “incompetent” by my sexist/egocentric LITTLE ITALIAN boss, I was SMART to mention the AGE card… but I was also ready to leave there anyways! What a complete mess that place was.
So as my OLD, aching (from moving for the past 10 days) body feels OLD, I found these two tidbit articles (from AGEIST) to be a good read:
Google class-action suit
This is a big deal. So far, over 300 people have joined a class-action lawsuit against Google claiming they were discriminated against in the workplace based on their age. Ever since Mark Zuckerberg’s since-recanted statement that younger people are just smarter, there has been a growing awareness of the rampant age discrimination in the valley. A study by recruitment platform Hired (via the Financial Times) suggests that once tech industry workers turn 45, they often see the number of job offers fall and their salaries plateau. We have even heard stories of VCs refusing to fund startups with founders over 30, prompting some male developers to get botox to increase their salary prospects. With an estimated 70-90% of startups failing, has no one stopped to consider the role of experience in business building? A series of high profile cases have now forced Silicon Valley to acknowledge discrimination around gender and race. Our mission is to tastefully keep age a part of this dialogue too. Watch this space.
Ageist reader comment
“I failed at retirement really fast, so I pretty much had to do something else,” Gloria F.