When Dr. Jill Biden, now First Lady of the United States, was addressed as “Kiddo”, women around the world cringed. Those over 50 years of age, nodded in recognition. And when she was told to drop the Dr. in front of her name because it was an affectation, we nodded again. We know that our titles and accomplishments are too easily dismissed. We know that in the eyes of too many, when age alters our looks, it most definitely affects our desirability, in every sense of the word.
Let’s look at what people call women over 50 – old bag, granny, biddy, crone, hag, witch, harridan, bedlam, old bat, old boiler – are just some of the names we hear.
Google offers over 999+ adjectives to describe an older or old woman. They are uniformly pejorative.