During Covid isolation gray hair was trending and rather than the fashion magazines of Madison Avenue setting the hair styling rules of the road, the women have spoken. The letting go of the coloring and bleaching cycles have given way to a freer and easier look which embraces aging and now the magazines are supporting this shift with women over 50 looking gorgeous with silver hair on their covers. But what about how gray haired women are viewed in the workplace?
When letting the hair go gray affects one’s work that is a much much bigger choice of whether to color or not.
“The chief executive of a Canadian news network pushed back against allegations that sex, age or gray hair were factors in the abrupt dismissal of the veteran journalist, Lisa LaFlamme.” According to the New York Times.
But this is exactly what happened to Lisa LaFlamme Chief Executive who was let go at age 58. “Not My Choice. A TV Anchor is Ousted, and Viewers Ask” Was Sexism to Blame?” She spoke about being “blindsided.” LaFlamme had let her hair go gray and had no intention of ending her career The New York Times reports. She talks about being 58 years old and her sadness of being let go so suddenly.
Check out her video here where she talks about being “shocked and blindsided.” Please watch this video and let us know what you think on our Instagram feed and if you have experienced ageism in the workplace.