Ageism is really stupid and Gloria Steinem, 80 is proof of it

Photo by Marianne Barcellona

Photo by Marianne Barcellona

"Your career doesn't (and shouldn't) peak at 28.

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The children running Silicon Valley companies should take note. Not everyone over the age of 28 is a decrepit has-been or 'just smarter,' as Mark Zuckerberg famously said of young people back in 2007.

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But many people improve with age, and have decades of experience and wisdom that can't be matched by someone two months out of college. Case in point? Feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

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Throughout her life as a public figure, Steinem has continued to reshape the way people view aging, pushing back against the misguided ageism in American culture. At 40, she famously came out, so to speak, telling a reporter 'This is what 40 looks like.' At the time, it was common for women over 30 to lie about their age. Since, she has stormed into each new decade proudly, and claims to love getting old—mostly. 'Fifty was a shock, because it was the end of the center period of life. But once I got over that, 60 was great. Seventy was great. And I loved, I seriously loved aging. I found myself thinking things like: I don't want anything I don't have. How great is that?' she told The New York Times."  - Rebecca Greenfield via Fast Company