In late September I published an article on Forbes that got me a gig on ‘The Real.’

Well, sort of….

On the October 13 show, Loni Love opened a discussion on ageism by quoting from my article. Then an excellent discussion ensued on ageism and how it adds a layer of potential bias across other dimensions of diversity.

Exciting, right?!

Well, it would have been even MORE exciting if ‘The Real’ gave me credit as the author. Instead they said the article appeared on Trust me, Mr. Forbes did not write it!

I’m reminded of an article by Dr. Janice Gassam Asare in her newsletter ‘The Pink Elephant’ talking about the erasure of Black women’s contributions. (See how easy that attribution was?) Dr. Asare writes, “A disturbing trend that does not get enough attention is the continued practice of taking work, ideas, and creative genius from Black women without properly crediting or citing them as the source. This is not a new practice, but with the advent of the internet, these pernicious acts are even easier to spot. Any aspiring anti-racist must understand the insidious ways that this pattern is able to continue and recognize how to intervene when it does occur.”

Lack of attribution happens all the time and it’s wrong. And for women, people of color, or anyone who has to work extra hard to be seen, it is disappointing to say the least.

What’s Up With That?

This isn’t the first time my work has been delivered, word-for-word, without attribution. I had a friend in the ageism space forward a podcast to me where my work was read verbatim, without attribution. And get this: in both cases, the offenders are women.

What’s up with that?

Be that as it may, I must stay focused on the endgame. And my goal has always been educating others about workplace age bias and creating change.

So, watch the clip and enjoy that chat. Just remember who wrote those inspiring opening words!

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