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Ageism is not about being old

Carolyn Stebbings

Carolyn Stebbings

May 05, 2022

Why is it that when we hear the term ageism we think old people?


Worse still, why is it that the term refers to anyone over 50 when so many women start their own business in their forties and continue to work through their fifties? 

Although ageism is so often associated with people in later stages of life, it’s a problem that people face at all ages, no matter their birth year and it can be within age groups, not just between generations. 

I expect you’ve heard comments like “he doesn’t have the life experience to manage a team” or “give it to the kids to do” when talking about millennials just as much as you may have heard “how can she understand how I feel, she’s old enough to be my mum”“can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or “they don’t they remember they were a kid once”.  

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