OFN Friday News Digest
The OFN brings you a roundup of the week’s news relevant to Older Women.

India: Women & Ageing: Invisible or Empowered?

India: Over a quarter of older Women reported experiencing elder abuse, according to a report from HelpAge India that drew on data from over 7500 older Women. “Women & Ageing: Invisible or Empowered” also reported that over 50% of the Women had never been employed, and 80% were financially dependent on their children. Read more.

50 Years of Virago

The Guardian publishes a feature exploring the history of Virago Press. Formed to ‘break the silence’ for female voices and still as essential and influential as ever, fans and founding members pay tribute to the trailblazing feminist press.

Read the article here.

Visit the Virago Website.

We’re back to the 90s’: older female models struggle for work

From 2013 – 17 top older female models were in constant employment. Now that has ended.

“The pandemic was a scary time and the whole thing about ageing beautifully has fallen through, if you have old models now, they’re shown as eccentric – which is just another ageist stereotype.”

Alex Bruni, Model

Simon Chambers, the owner of Storm Model Management, has also noticed that bookings for older female models, who are not already household names, have “dropped away” since the pandemic. Chambers hypothesises that with budgets under scrutiny, brands could be playing it safe. “Times are hard, margins are tight and selling fashion is never an easy business,” he said. “It could be that brands now feel it’s more of a risk to use a model who’s over 50.”

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