How Ageism is Hurting the Old and Young

Too old for the job? Too young to lead? Author and activist Ashton Applewhite wants to abolish ageist mindsets and for age to truly be seen as just a number. 👵🤝👶 Special thanks to This Chair Rocks.

Too Old, Too Young” -- Are We All Guilty of Ageism ?

How old are you? If that sounds intrusive or just purely rude, the writer and activist Ashton Applewhite says that’s because our culture is full of messages that say getting old is a setback. She says aging is often posed as a disease that can be cured if you’d just buy the right pill or procedure to “fix” it. But Applewhite calls aging a process that begins the moment we’re born, and explains why being older is something we should embrace rather than fear of breaking stereotypes.

“Too old for the job,” Too young to lead…" That’s called ageism — discrimination on the basis of one's age. Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” -- is on a mission to change the way we think about aging. Employment discrimination, biased health care, media caricatures or invisibility, ageism can take many forms in our society. “Economists call it the attractiveness penalty. This double whammy of ageism and sexism.”

As millennials emerge as a dominant force, generational change has become a central dynamic in the 2020 presidential campaign. Ageism is a central issue for women in particular trying to fight for their rights in this social phenomenon through activism. 64% of women say they’ve been the target of or witnessed age discrimination according to an AARP 2018 Report. By 2050, 1 out of 5 people — over 2 billion people — will be age 60 and up based on a study by UNDESA.

Applewhite is calling for what could become the next #MeToo — a radical movement against ageism. Ashton Applewhite also blogs at and


05/21/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 06/17/2019 2:57 PM
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  • علاء ع.
    05/21/2019 10:34

    One day we'll all be old, and that's extremely funny for me to see people having perceptions about it How could they have experience in something they didn't go through. Moreover, some people can be discriminatory against other people and that's a thing we all know and see, but how can they be discriminatory against themselves, future selves??

  • Brut
    05/21/2019 15:24

    Here's how ageism in the workplace affects both the young and old:

  • Khalid G.
    05/22/2019 09:02

    very right

  • Ana R.
    05/22/2019 14:59


  • Thomas S.
    05/22/2019 20:46

    Nice pic

  • Enzo E.
    05/24/2019 14:17

    No. Dont do that

  • Yasir H.
    05/24/2019 17:49

    Ageism hhhhhh

  • Evhyne S.
    05/25/2019 07:41

    i like her hair

  • Naseer A.
    05/25/2019 15:36

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    05/26/2019 01:08


  • Bimala P.
    05/26/2019 04:59

    Happy birthday Punam

  • Eric M.
    05/26/2019 07:47

    Thoughts thou

  • केशरि म.
    05/27/2019 02:00


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    05/27/2019 06:05


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    05/27/2019 09:35


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    05/27/2019 12:51


  • Cedric J.
    05/28/2019 11:21

    So true.. Ageism really happens..

  • Firoz K.
    05/28/2019 14:13


  • Firoz K.
    05/28/2019 14:13

    GOOD luck

  • Firman Y.
    05/28/2019 15:02