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Steven P. Wallace, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Center), was quoted by Fast Company for a story examining generation-based political and public policy conflicts in the ramp-up to the 2020 elections.
At 56, Mitzi Caulfield is new to politics. She’s always voted, but never before donated to a campaign, never imagined herself in the middle of a political conflict, and definitely never carried a sign like the one she’s holding on an autumn afternoon in Long Beach, reading “Boomers for Yang–OK!”
Caulfield was born at the tail end of the baby boomer generation that came into being during the two decades following World War II, and she is still years away from retirement as a medical office manager in Whittier. And as her handmade sign indicates, even she has felt the heat of resentment from younger generations frustrated with the age group in power.
In 2019, the dismissive catchphrase “OK, boomer” came to symbolize tensions arising from younger millennials and Gen Xers impatient with progress on climate change, healthcare, social justice, and economic inequality in the age of Trump. Caulfield shares many of those concerns.