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Gendered ageism in the media industry: disavowal, discrimination and the pushback

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Karen RossORCiD



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This study focuses on gendered ageism across the media industry and draws on the testimonies provided by 24 older women media professionals who were interviewed for the work. The participants had worked (and some still work) as journalists, presenters, producers or actors and their experiences included having their contracts summarily terminated or not renewed, being manoeuvred out of front-of-camera roles, seen their career opportunities evaporate when they reached their 40s or even earlier, and been replaced by younger, ‘fresher’ women. However, some participants are fighting back by creating their own media and developing opportunities for other women to thrive.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Karen Ross

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Women and Aging

Year: 2024

Volume: 36

Issue: 1

Pages: 61-77

Online publication date: 27/07/2023

Acceptance date: 17/06/2023

Date deposited: 14/07/2023

ISSN (print): 0895-2841

ISSN (electronic): 1540-7322

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2023.2238580

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/428b-5p33


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