ERIC Number: ED210496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Women, Work and Age Discrimination.
Millions of older women who work face combined age and sex discrimination. Fifty percent more women aged 45-54 (3.5 million) will enter the job market in the next two decades and face the same problems. Illegal discriminatory practices encountered by older women when job hunting include exclusion from a job opportunity because of a male selecting official acting on a preference for young attractive women, employer's perception of customer demand or preference for youth, and recruitment exclusively from college campuses. Dual discrimination on the job is evidenced by older women being denied access to training programs and being channeled into positions with no upward mobility. As women approach retirement, companies may either refuse them merit increases during the years preceding retirement to lower pension benefits or pressure them to retire. Job and wage discrimination have a devastating effect on their retirement income. For the majority of women over 65, Social Security is their sole source of income. Solutions to the problems of age discrimination must come from efforts by the legislative-legal advocates, public awareness must be raised through the communications media, and society must shift its youth-oriented focus. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Working Women, Washington, DC.