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Ashton Applewhite is a writer and activist based in Brooklyn, New York.
She is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and a spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Applewhite has been recognized by The New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and The New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?. She has been named as a Fellow by the Knight Foundation, The New York Times, Yale Law School, and the Royal Society for the Arts. In 2015 she was included in a list of 100 inspiring women who are committed to social change Salt magazine.
Applewhite is also the author of Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well and other books. Under the pseudonym Blanche Knott, she wrote the Truly Tasteless Jokes series, the first volume of which was the best-selling mass-market book of 1983, and was the first woman to have four books on The New York Times best-seller list. Applewhite's memoir, "Being Blanche" was published in Harper's Magazine in June 2011.
Applewhite, Ashton. "A Stigma Rooted in Denial: On Ageism and 'Aging Thoughtfully', Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2, 2017
Applewhite, Ashton. "Working to Disarm Women's Anti-Aging Demon," The New York Times, October 13, 2017
Applewhite, Ashton. "I Hope I Get Old Before I Die" Medium (Neo.life), July 13, 2017
Applewhite, Ashton. "You're How Old? We'll Be In Touch," The New York Times, September 3, 2016.
Applewhite, Ashton, How I Became an Old Person in Training," Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, October 22, 2015.
Applewhite, Ashton, "How Can We Achieve Age Diversity in Silicon Valley," Medium, October 19, 2015.
Applewhite, Ashton. "Being Blanche: Coming Clean about Truly Tasteless Jokes", Harper's Magazine, June 2011, pages 65–67.
Applewhite, Ashton. Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well, New York: HarperCollins, 1997, ISBN 9780060174552; reissued on 2017 with new introduction by the author, ISBN 9780062680709.
Applewhite, Ashton and Bernie S. Siegel. Thinking Positive: Words of Inspiration, Encouragement, and Validation for People with AIDS and Those Who Care for Them, New York: Fireside Books, 1995. ISBN 9780684802664
Applewhite, Ashton; Tripp Evans; and Andrew Frothingham. And I Quote (Revised Edition): The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker, New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 1992, ISBN 9780312068974; revised edition, 2003. ISBN 9780312307448
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