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From Joe Biden to Madonna: Ageism is everywhere

By Margaret Sullivan

13 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian explores age discrimination across celebrity culture and everyday life, reminding us that some of the world's greatest talents produced some of their most acclaimed works later in life.

Just before President Biden turned 80 in November, he said something that I could identify with – that he didn’t even want to say his age out loud.

That’s how I’ve felt ever since I turned 40 – which was, let’s say, not a recent event.

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