Today is the second in my series of #wonderwomenwednesday and I could not be more excited to introduce you to Ashton Applewhite! Ashton is the author of, This Chair Rocks, " a manifesto against ageism, and the belief that now is the time for Age equality and Age pride!! I feel it is a must read for people of all ages as we embark on the path of making age discrimination as unacceptable as any other kind. Ashton, also writes a blog, Yo, Is this Ageist? and gave a TED Talk in 2017. Asthon has been widely recognized and published as an expert on aging, an aging influencer and a sought after speaker, including the Library of Congress and the United Nations.
Ashton is lively and funny, in fact she wrote a best-selling paperback in 1982, Truly Tasteless Jokes, under the pseudo name; Blanche Knott. In fact, Blanche made the New York Times bestseller list four times.
What was the catalyst behind the book and the ageism movement? Ashton wants to challenge why the view of late life is so grim when the lived reality is so different. Deeply researched, Ashton understands that stereotyping starts in early childhood until it is hardened over time into a set of truths: "it's just the way it is." Old people are incompetent and sad and wrinkles are ugly. The book does a great job of promoting the benefits of aging and diminishing the fears, which is what everyone needs to understand.
What are the antidotes to ageism? Awareness, Integration and Activism I highly suggest the book to learn more. You won't be disappointed! Click here, to read and learn more about challenging the stereotypes that segregate us by age.
Bravo to you Ashton for bringing awareness and activism against Ageism! You are truly a Super Woman, helping us all raise our consciousness to rethink aging and welcome what the future holds.
As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog. My goal is to share authentic ageless style and relevant information as we share this journey together! I so appreciate you, my friends and readers! XXOO