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I Got Botox — & Now I Feel Like A Bad Feminist

I sense I’m judged at work for looking like a tired, haggard mom. Perhaps paranoia plays a small part, but the stats speak too: Women’s salaries plateau at age 39 while men’s continue to rise for another decade. In the UK, only 5% of TV presenters are women over 50 and in films, female leads are still on average four-and-a-half years younger than their male counterparts. I see fewer and fewer older women in the workplace and can’t help but be aware how much more work is given to glossy younger women and older men. When I’m sitting in a senior management meeting with mainly, and often exclusively, men, I can’t help but receive the message that a woman becomes less valuable as she gets older. Men, it appears, accumulate wisdom and respect.

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