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In praise of older women on TV

by on March 21, 2016

I was intrigued to read Cameron Diaz’s take on age discrimination in Hollywood in the Guardian over the weekend.  Intrigued and slightly depressed when I realized that she is only 43, and this is already a major concern for her career.  Sadly I failed to bookmark the page over the weekend and now can’t seem to find it.  However, while searching I came across this piece on the BBC drama, Happy Valley praising its portrayal of the complex lives of women in their 40s and 50s.  In this article, Penny Anderson riles against the way that women of this age “are generally treated by society as silly, weak, daft, soppy….” the list goes on.  The piece goes on to highlight that for women of this age, to be regarded as ‘past it’ is to look back and judge the lives perceived to have lived so far and not take account that this group of women are going to be active in the workplace for many, many years to come.  In saying “new is to often conflated with young” we might even have thought that Penny had been reading our blog!  I haven’t watched Happy Valley but I think I might just have to catch up….

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