Friday BARB UP August 10, 2018

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On Ageism.

I started BARB for myriad reasons, and placing value upon a woman’s employabity is tantamount. Most people need to work, and in most of those cases, until they’re ready to retire. Oh, how I do admire the women and men I meet who have retired at age 50. How did they do it, I often wonder. (Obviously, they made sound financial decisions.) I have a friend who, when she found herself on this dark side of neglect by an industry that she was instrumental in building, decided to live off the interest of her savings account. Now that woman? She should have been hired for savvy forecasting. I reject the notion that your earning potential is between the ages of 30-50. I’m not done yet, dammit, I simply am not done yet. To be unemployed at any age is frightening—rent has to be paid, after all. To be ignored by recruiters and employers is devastating, when you have so much to offer. In the case of women who are over 50, we have experience, we have skills, we have a roadmap of success. To be discounted because of an age, because we remind you of your moms, because because because? No. It’s unacceptable. We are out here. We are legions of people who can do the work. I’m not interested in coasting or eating ramen noodles; I’m here to make a difference. I have in my past and I will in my now. Women have for centuries carried the business of livelihood. Stepping into the new paradigm, with our experience. Hold strong, ladies. There’s a place for us. We may have to dig, but we’ll find it.

Follow the great TaniaDalton!

Susan Bro: “Not only will I speak and speak loudly and often. I’m going to make sure that other people speak.”

Cynthia Nixon plus Zephyr Teachout.

So many women on the rise, yessss.

Wait, what? Denmark banned the burqa? DENMARK?!?

Chores rest on WHOSE SHOULDERS?

Now I got to worry about dizzy spells?

Are you a psychopath?

And so the comeback trail begins.

And now have a laugh with Dulce Sloan.


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