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  • Writer's pictureColette 't Hart

Age is Just a Number: Smashing the Ageism Stereotype in Tech

Updated: Feb 22

In the last four years, I've been hustling hard to keep up with the tech scene. With 13 certificates in everything from coding languages to cybersecurity under my belt, I'm as updated as your software needs to be. I've been hitting up interview after interview — 45+ and counting — my LinkedIn profile and resume are basically my golden tickets.

GenX business woman

But there's a glitch in the system — ageism. I've aced those IQ tests, made it through all the interview levels, and yet somehow, there's always someone more "qualified" or a "better fit." And let's be real, it's not about my skills or experience. It's about the number on my birth certificate.

Here's the tea: I'm 56 years old and unapologetically proud. I've been on the tech scene since before it was cool, breaking ground alongside big names like Nielsen, Norman, and Clement Mok. We didn't just learn about empathizing with users, we wrote the playbook on it.

But here's where things get salty. My age is seen as a bug, not a feature, and it's got me feeling like I've been coded into a corner. I refuse to be marked down as obsolete by cultural biases and ignorance. It's time to refresh and reboot this narrative.

We GenX women aren't newcomers to the hustle; we've been grinding since the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s. We battled through a brogrammer world to make tech the gender-inclusive space it is today. We're the OG tech women, and it's high time our legacy was recognized.

Our age isn't a disadvantage; it's a testament to our journey, our resilience, and our innovation. We've got some serious wisdom to drop on the industry.

It's time for a system update. Employers need to get with the times and realize we aren't out of touch, too qualified, or too slow. We wrote the rulebook, and we definitely don't need a new interface — we designed the current one.

My love for tech hasn't blue-screened since I first started back in the 80s. I'm psyched to be part of shaping the future — from tackling climate change to dispelling AI fears. I'm living proof that AI isn't a threat; it's a game-changer.

I'm stepping up as a beacon for all the women out there approaching their 50s, shouting out that you belong in tech. Your age is not a bug, it's a feature — a testament to your grit, your experience, and the badass insights you bring to the table.

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