Evidence of Systemic Ageism
"Ageism at work begins for women at 40 and 45 for men when these employees are no longer considered for promotion or training"
By law, one should not suffer discrimination because you are too old, too young, or even too middle-aged, but employers pay little heed to this in the knowledge that the risk of legal action is small.
According to a March 2016 article in Harvard Business Review, older women are being forced out of the workforce. In fact a study that came out in the fall of 2015 by economists at the University of California at Irvine and Tulane University found “robust evidence of age discrimination in hiring against older women.” The data shows that it is harder for older women to find jobs than it is for older men.
There are two possible theories for why older women may suffer from age discrimination more than older men: one is that age discrimination laws do not deal effectively with the situation of older women who face both age and gender bias; the other possibility touches on society’s focus on the physical appearance of women, a scrutiny that does not seem to similarly impact men.