About the project

This project explores everyday ageism and sexism in the lives of older women in the UK

A lot is known about ageism. A lot is known about sexism. But little is known about how they work together, and how they jointly effect older women. This project aims to fill this gap, by surveying older women in the UK about their experiences of ageism, sexism and their combination.

Ageism

Sexism

Sexageism

Is stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination towards people and groups based on age. It frequently affects older people.

Is stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination towards people and groups based on sex/gender. It most often affects women.

The term describes stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination based on age and sex/gender. It commonly affects older women.

Project Aims

The aim of this project is to explore UK older women’s understandings  and subjective experiences of everyday ageism and sexism, how they interact and how they are impacted by them.

Research Questions

  1. What are older women’s experiences of everyday ageism and/or sexism? In what ways do they interact?
  2. How are older women affected by their experiences of everyday ageism and/or sexism?
  3. What do older women think about everyday ageism and sexism? How do they perceive and understand the processes that are involved?
  4. What would older women change about everyday ageism and/or sexism? How do they think that change might be achieved?

Research Outputs

Findings will be shared in an end-of-project report and an ‘easy read’ summary report (both of which will be downloadable from this website), academic journal articles, and a book.