Reflect: Key People, Connections and Discussion Questions

This page is about reflection. You’ll find a list of some of the key people and organizations relevant to this section. You’ll also find a section called intersectionality to encourage thinking about how different issues are connected, and discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking.

Take some time to answer the questions, look these people up and learn more about their stories.

The content on this site is not complete: there are countless numbers of people and so many stories — from small acts of defiance to major leadership positions —  that didn’t get recorded or that don’t often make it into textbooks.

This website is meant to be grown and improved upon. We’ve included some of the heroes, but if you know people we are missing, let us know so we can include their stories too.

Key People & Groups

  • Rebecca Tilsen
  • National Youth Rights Association
  • Jewish Community Action
  • American Association of Retired Persons

Intersectionality

Considering intersectionality with regards to age requires a unique perspective because, unlike every other social category, age is something that will impact everyone indiscriminately at some point in their lives. Therefore, it is easy to say that age impacts everyone in the same way.

However, two different people of a certain age who each have various other intersecting identities can experience the effects of that age in vastly different ways.

Studies show that older women are more likely than older men to experience poverty, due to factors such as life expectancy, labor force participation, wage inequality and social programs that are primarily designed to benefit men.  

Barriers to voting that impact people of a certain race or class can be especially pronounced if those identities intersect with age.

The intersection of age with disability is another way that people may be disenfranchised by inaccessible facilities.

On the other end of the spectrum, younger voters of certain identities may not have access to some of the resources that would enable them to go to the polls or provide them with education about their voting rights and how to become engaged.

Limiting the barriers to voting that people face with regards to age benefits everyone and eases burdens that are already placed upon various communities.

Discussion Questions: 
What do you think about voting at age 16? If you are under age 18 now, would you want to be able to vote?
As more and more people live longer, well beyond age 65, how do you think that will influence political leaders and the law?
In what ways do you think that removing as many voting barriers as possible with regards to age will affect civic engagement and the country as a whole?