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Hillary Clinton stands up against age discrimination

April 24, 2014

Hillary Clinton may not have officially announced her plans to run for president in 2016, but that has not stopped the former Secretary of State from calling for governmental action on certain issues. During her recent visit to a women's leadership conference in Boston, Clinton spoke to the crowd about age discrimination in the workforce and why American citizens must stand out against it, CNN reported.

Clinton speaks out for older women in the workforce
The 66-year-old has been the victim of age discrimination herself, as opponents have called her out for her age. If Clinton were to run and win in the next election, she would be the second oldest president at 69 years old, but she does not believe her age could hold her back in any career she chooses.

At the summit, Clinton spoke passionately about the benefits older workers could bring to the office. She noted that older women in particular brought a number of important attributes to the workforce, as they have accumulated a lifetime's worth of experience to share with fellow employees.

"There's an army and frankly a very large group of older women who could make a difference to America's corporations, America's business, academia, politics, you name it," Clinton said, as quoted by the source. "So I think we have to be supporting these different life choices."

Clinton has been a big proponent for equality, stressing that equal rights should be extended to all U.S. citizens no matter their gender, age or social class. 

AARP finds most people support seniors in the workplace
Seniors bring a number of benefits to any working environment, whether they're working full- or part-time. The AARP recently conducted a survey among Utah residents to discover how they felt about older adults in the workforce. According to the results, nearly 80 percent of the state's citizens responded that Congress members should take more action to prevent age discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, the same percentage of residents supported the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which would provide more rights to seniors in their occupations.

While some older adults are fully retired, a rising number of seniors are opting for partial retirement, Business Insider reported. Instead of leaving the working world permanently, adults are retiring from their professions and seeking part-time jobs. Some people indicated that they wanted these positions for a little extra cash while others merely wanted an activity to fill their free time. More and more people who have moved to retirement communities still enjoy working full- or part-time.