The paradigm of women having to fight to improve their quality of life is unlikely to shift. Sadly though, as US society grows ever more youth-oriented, ageism for women is gaining pressure, sorely impacting older women. While women have had to fight for basic rights on several fronts: social, educational, political, religious, even familial (perhaps the most difficult), economic adversity strengthens its grip on women's mobility and quality of life. Older women who are less economically fortunate, however educated and ready to serve, are relegated to the status of an Edwardian existence, fearing the injustices of impoverishment.
Youth are known for their mobile penchant. Older women, on the other hand, have developed, and intrinsically understand, loyalty and commitment. Even in this day, many have given years over to raising families and acquired many skills. Coupled with the culmination of professional experiences, older women certainly offer a formidable force that would certainly increase the productivity of any employer, agency or organization.
Job discrimination is illegal, but it is rampant. Hiring based on age is a reverse discrimination, creating an economic purgatory for older women. Ask Congress to create policies to encourage the hiring of older women.
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