Women, Age Discrimination and Work

Ageism and sexism are nothing new, but many countries are reporting an increase in age bias, particularly against women. So why are women less likely to make an age discrimination claim?

Reports out of the UK and Europe have found that ageism is the most common type of discrimination. In the US, around 61 per cent of workers at or over the age of 45 reported witnessing or experiencing ageism in the workplace. But ageism hits women earlier and harder. And according to my (Associate Professor Alysia Blackham) research, most Australian women aren’t bringing their cases to court. The question is – why?