Margaret Morganroth Gullette: Revolutionist against Ageism

A scholar takes on ageist violence in all its guises

Ageism did not end with the 20th century. But there were hopes. Feminism had brought changes for women, rights movements had brought changes for black people and disabled people, and the—well, there was no widespread, organized movement for older people. 

In the Fight against Bigotry, Where Does Ageism Fit In?

I wake these days remembering that something awful has happened. Reality assembles itself, and I feel worse. The multicultural, egalitarian, globalized society I hope to inhabit is under assault. Bigotry is ascendant. Racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance—pick your prejudice!—are sanctioned,

Guess Who’s Confronting Ageism Now?

Ageism in Silicon Valley has been all over the news lately. “The Brutal Ageism of Tech,” a March 2014 feature story in the New Republic, noted that some male techies, still in their 20s, are contemplating Botox and hair transplants, while middle-aged engineers, a swelling cohort of “highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers,” are being sidelined “for reasons no one can rationally explain.”

Why Ageism Matters

In 2007 I started interviewing people over 80 who were in the workforce. At the same time, I was reading and writing about longevity. To my surprise, the more I learned, the greater the discrepancy that emerged between my grim notion of late life and the lived reality.

Talk to Me

In my work as an independent living consultant, I support people who need a little extra help to stay secure in their homes. Most of my clients are older adults. Being a helper-bee at heart, I find the work very

The Senior Mentor Home Visit Program: The Story behind the Grant

A project shows how to head off ageism in tomorrow’s young doctors

Maggie, 82, sits on a metal chair across from her new family doctor. “I’ve just been feeling tired lately,” she tells the young MD. “Well, no wonder!” the doc responds. “You’re 82!” Actually, Maggie—who does tai chi, volunteers at an

Old-Lady Day

Ageism, according to the World Health Organization, is “the stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age; ageism can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical