We like to think we’ve come a long way since the society our parents lived in. We look back at the span of their years and know that it’s not us. We seem to look younger than they did at the same age, dress younger, behave younger – and importantly as women – we’ve had the opportunity for professional careers many of our mothers’ generation were denied. This is progress – even if a little slow.
But the career path for women still isn’t an easy one – inequality in the workplace, the gender pay gap, and for those with children the added pressure of families and homes to run. Even so, we have forged our successes despite these limitations because we know that we have to work harder to achieve the same level of accomplishment as our male counterparts.
And then – when we have finally established our capabilities, our worth and a level recognition within the workplace, against the odds of inequality and sexism – we reach midlife and discover that we have a new battle ahead of us – the quietly pervasive attitude of ageism. The positions we hold are now layered with the unspoken risk that they could be deemed more suitable for a younger person.