For Lisa Hack, things are a bit different. She finds herself constantly having to reaffirm her age. At 45, Hack is often mistaken for a woman in her 20s. She believes this is down to being a queer woman of colour who is gender nonconforming
in the way she dresses, which she reckons makes it difficult for people to determine her age. In a previous job, where she worked for 20 years, she often found herself reiterating that she joined in 1997. "People would think, 'You're older than I thought you were, maybe you do know what you're doing,'" she says. From the minute they knew her real age, she says she’d be taken more seriously.