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Older women not only will prevail in the future, we will dominate

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18.10.2019

In the past few years there has been a lot of talking girlfriends off ledges in my life as we find ourselves in the precarious situation of being eminently qualified and highly skilled yet, for reasons out of our control, underemployed and overlooked.

Like so many others in internet-affected occupations, my sisters who have worked in media are today finding work opportunities not so much diminished as desiccated, with traditional revenue streams reduced to ponds if not puddles. Adding to their alarm is their age, as they most have reached decades that start with an f, which spells fear for women who need and want to work but are considered too "old" by modern employers who tend to value youth over experience.

Almost half of us aged 50 to 64 are not confident we would find a new job if we lost our current one.Credit:Getty

Yet another report revealed the already obvious this week, with the ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey finding almost half of us aged 50 to 64 are not confident we would find a new job if we lost our current one. Add to this the fact that women in this country on average retire with 47 per cent less superannuation than men, and females over the age of 55 are the fastest growing homeless group – it is no wonder so many of us are alarmed and anxious about our fiscal futures.

Yet, my mates are a resilient lot as most women are. And........

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