Work is where many older women get their superpowers.'There’s something haywire about how women are expected to crunch our most celebrated achievements into a timetable that frequently lasts fewer than 20 years. Find a partner. Raise some chicks. Zoom to the top of your field. Check each box by 50.many employers ignore this mature work force, most likely because they don’t want to pay the salaries experience deserves, despite the fact that women earn, on average, 80 percent of men’s wages\. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half — 48.8 percent — of women aged 55 to 64 are among the long-term unemployed. Today’s 30- and 40-somethings can’t “lean in” forever. If they don’t address embedded ageism, they’ll blink, pass 50, and possibly see their success evaporate faster than a boss can say, “Sorry, we’re going in another direction.” A younger direction.'