Discrimination towards older female workers seriously affects their retirement security

Published Jun 20th 2016

In what may be the largest study of its kind, a paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research has shown that the resumes of older women receive far fewer callbacks than younger people of both sex and older men. Sadly, age discrimination and gender discrimination aren’t new phenomena. What may be new is the more in-depth understanding of how the two work together to so adversely affect older women, particularly regarding their financial security in the later years of their lives. A Washington Post article on the research suggests that creating more jobs may be the answer as it could help force employers to hire based on skills rather than deep-seated, often unconscious biases.

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