Ageism is bad enough; however, it's often compounded by sexism. Research on the combined impact of ageism (regarding older age) and sexism has concluded that older women bear the brunt of multiple forms of discrimination (The Economic Times 2023; WHO, 2021).
Women are often in a situation of double risk in which patriarchal norms and a preoccupation with youth result in a prompter deterioration of older women's status. This double risk might also explain why older women are judged differently than older men regarding their physical appearance. Culturally women are pressured to do everything at their disposal to delay their ageing process or at least to "age well", but men with grey hair and wrinkles are seen as wise and experienced (WHO, 2021). This is also true in other fields, such as employment, the disadvantages of being too young or too old impact women more than men. Witch suggests that (for these age ranges), being a woman intensifies age prejudice. In this sense, it is crucial to become aware and challenge our stereotypes and realise they can be exacerbated when combining different features (WHO, 2021).
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World Health Organization (2021). Global report on ageism. https://www.who.int/teams/social-determinants-of-health/demographic-change-and-healthy-ageing/combatting-ageism/global-report-on-ageism
The Economic Times (2023). Women past 50 have to battle ageism & sexism: Study. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/women-past-50-have-to-battle-ageism-sexism-study/articleshow/98307624.cms
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