Economic Development & Security

With women in the US living longer and postponing retirement, whether out of necessity or by choice, many face economic hardship and discrimination. Although illegal in theory, older women may, in practice, be excluded from job or promotional opportunities based on misconceptions about their abilities or customer preferences for youth. Dual discrimination on the job is evidenced by older women being denied access to training programs and being channeled into positions without upward mobility. Retirement benefits are being further eroded by a weakening of organized labor, economic restructuring and budget cutbacks.

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  • August 25, 2010

    USA Today: Alan Simpson, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan fiscal commision has landed in hot water over his sexist and offensive comments to the Older Women's League, where he descibed Social Security as a "milk cow with 310 million...

  • June 26, 2010

    Los Angeles Times: A new study posits the plight faced by widows as a human rights issue, many of whom suffer discrimination and abuse,and are trapped in poverty.   The report found at least 245 million widows worldwide, almost half living...

  • June 10, 2010

    BBC: A new campaign in Scotland is drawing attention to the fact that older breast cancer patients do not receive the same treatment as younger ones, and often do not receive chemotherapy or surgery.

  • April 5, 2010

    The BBC has come under renewed criticism for ageism after a study showed that only one in five of BBC One's presenters are over 50, compared to one in four for ITV1.

    Selina Scott, a former BBC newsreader, says women over 50 who have...

  • October 16, 2008