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Latinas over 50 suffer discrimination in the US, according to survey

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59% of Latina women age 50 and older “often feel discrimination” in the US, mainly because of their ethnicity or race, skin tone, weight or age, and even accent, an unequal treatment that can lead to gender problems. mental health for those affected, according to a survey released Thursday by the Association of Retired Persons (AARP, in English).

On average, according to the AARP study, 59% of Hispanic women age 50 and older experience between four and five types of discrimination, mostly based on race or ethnicity (63%), followed by accent (44%), weight (42%) and age (40%).

So it’s not surprising to AARP that Latinas who experience discrimination based on ethnicity or any other condition “rate their current mental health status lower than those who do not experience discrimination.”

AARP’s “Mirror/Mirror: Women’s Reflections on Beauty, Age and Media” survey also reflects the “pressure” felt by working Latinas to look or act a certain way. way.

Thus, among Latinas over the age of 50, 71% of those who suffer “regular discrimination” feel pressured “to look or act or behave in a certain way at work.”

For this group, the most common types of pressure to behave in a certain way at work include the use of professional clothing (38%), hair tied or styled in a certain way (37%), age-appropriate clothing (34 %) and certain behaviors in the position (33%).

“Every day, the mental health of numerous Latinas is affected by acts of discrimination, regardless of age, ethnicity or any other factor,” said Yvette Peña, vice president of hearings strategy for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. from the AARP.

Peña criticized the fact that so many Latina women have to “adapt their behavior to reduce the incidence of discrimination against them.”

The survey also found that “younger women are more likely than older women to experience discrimination” and experience “more types of discrimination.”

However, age discrimination affects women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Thus, about 1 in 3 women (30%) experience age discrimination “at least sometimes,” and women age 50 and older experience age discrimination at about the same rate as women ages 18-49.

The most frequent tactics used by Latinas over the age of 50 to avoid being discriminated against are “carefully observing what is happening around them” (60%), paying attention to what they say and how they say it (58%) and “consider how safe or comfortable they feel” (52%).

The survey highlights that “discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or skin tone appears to have the greatest impact on the mental health” of Latinas.

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