Candidate told to "come back in 10 years time"
[This is ageism because] "the woman judged my ability of the arbitrary basis of my age, with no reference to the experience and other qualities that I would bring to the role."
"I felt frustrated that while working to improve attitudes towards older people in my day job - the value of experience, wisdom and perspective they can bring - I found myself being told I was no good because I had yet to reach a specific age by which time I would be deemed 'good enough'. I also felt that this was one reason why women don't get on in politics and public life - they're always too young until they're too old - and in between maybe children and careers and battling gender stereotypes."
"It reminded me that having positive attitudes towards older people's value does not mean that they will necessarily see the value of what you may bring at a younger age. As with all forms of discrimination, there is a tendency to write people off who do not conform to someone's idea of the ideal stereotype. Age, disability, gender and other factors are not irrelevant - they make us who we are and diversity has an intrinsic value - but writing people off as too old or too young regardless of ability and suitability for the role is nonsensical and pure prejudice."
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