Sexism is a harsh reality many women face, whether in the form of catcalling on the sidewalk or sexual harassment in the workplace. And, as women age, it can also take an ugly turn into ageism. It's an issue that the Everyday Sexism Project wants to shed light on by asking women all over the world to share their stories.
This week the project asked older women to share instances when they've been made to feel singled out not only because of their gender, but also because of their age. A few Huff/Post50 bloggers also have written on the topic of feeling "invisible" as a woman over 50, with Arlene Schindler saying, "As a woman in my 50s, walking down a city street, I feel invisible to almost any man walking past me. I've been that unseen woman over and over again. Friends have echoed this experience to me as well." Needless to say, her words struck a chord with many readers.
Similarly, using the hashtag #olderwomenvoices, the Everyday Sexism Project asked older women to share their candid thoughts and feelings on Twitter. Here are a few tweets that stood out, talking about everything from anti-aging and stereotypes, to worrying about the next generation of women. Let us know your own feelings about being an older woman in comments below.