Depending on what industry you are in, being an aging woman can mean demotion in the workforce. As a journalist, I know what it is like to be in the media's eye. Not sure if it's the consultants, the managers of the different networks, or if it is the viewer. But in this industry young and beautiful speaks volumes. I'm not saying these youngsters aren't talented. What I am saying is experience and wisdom doesn't hold its weight for a woman. While an older male counterpart can use his age to be identified as trustworthy and knowledgable. Let's just say men keep their media jobs a lot longer. I know this may not hold true in all careers or all companies. But I think this common mindset rears it's ugly head more often than people openly admit. Pam Oliver with Fox Sports is the latest to feel the sting of this midlife backlash for working women.
Studies have shone a rise in middle age women leaving their careers behind, and not by choice. Demotion by a corporation isn't the only reason, but its high on the list. Forced circumstances involving family is another cause. No matter how successful you are as a woman, most will drop everything due to a sense of responsibility when it comes to family. We are smart, we are ambitious but we are also the nurturers. According to a recent article in The New York Times; since the start of the recession, the number of working women 45 to 54 has dropped more than 3.5 percent. There are now about one million fewer women our age in the labor force than at their peak at the end of 2009. As I said before, there are a variety of reasons. Some believe at midlife we are too young to retire but too old to be competitive. Older children also bring about more multitasking and needed flexibility. Why, because nine times out of ten the logistics for the family also fall on the woman. At this age I know for me the key is flexibility. I am happy to work hard and get the job done as are most women.
The up side of this blog as I think about women like Pam Oliver and the majority of us. We can adapt better to change than any species out there. Oh yes, we will get our good cry in and curse everyone around us for a good 48 hours. (Who are we kidding a good week at least!) But then as women do… we pull it together. Get our game face on and do what needs to be done. Networking groups are getting better than ever for women of all ages. LinkedIn provides great network opportunity events as well as Tedx just to name a few. The midlife conundrum of having to start a new career or revamp an old one is becoming the norm, and not just for women. Join these social media sites and network groups to find out what you need to be competitive. They also help you share innovative ideas. Middle age can be the beginning of being who you really wanted to be in the first place. Change is hard but there is a great support group waiting for you.
P.S. for women who will be in the St. Louis Area September 23, 2014, and have interests in Design. TEDX GatewayArch is featuring: Show Me Design. Listen to speakers discuss Design, Architecture, and Fashion. It will be a great women's networking event and could lead to your next career! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
*Above picture from Evelyn Kalinosky's blog
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