"Women over 50? Help not wanted" PBS NewsHour 1/14/2016
SUMMARY: Do women face a tougher time finding a job than men as we age? According to economists, women 35 and up are far less likely to be considered for certain jobs than younger women or men of the same age. And the cause may be related to evolutionary biology. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
PAUL SOLMAN (NewsHour): On Comedy Central's “Inside Amy Schumer,” the aging actress’ lament:
TINA FEY, Actress: You know how Sally Field was Tom Hanks’ love interest in “Punchline,” and then, like, 20 minutes later, she was his mom in “Forrest Gump”?
PAUL SOLMAN: Tina Fey is 45, Patricia Arquette 47.
PATRICIA ARQUETTE, Actress: I didn’t get this commercial last week for AARP because the director said I was too old to play Larry King’s wife.
PAUL SOLMAN: Schumer's gag, these stars were celebrating 55-year-old Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ last day playing a love interest, though Schumer used a raunchier term.
AMY SCHUMER, Actress: But what about men? Like, who tells men when it’s their last (EXPLETIVE DELETED) day?
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, Actress: Honey, men don’t have that day.
PATRICIA ARQUETTE: Never.
PAUL SOLMAN: Turns out it’s not just the case in Hollywood. Jewish Vocational Services in San Francisco is a nonprofit that helps older people find jobs. We first visited in 2009, at the height of the great recession, when complaints of age discrimination abounded.