Is a generation of powerful women turning age into an advantage? Not exactly.

"Could the current cohort of eminent women in their 60s herald an era when aging, for women, ceases to be an enemy, and even becomes a friend?” asks Liza Mundy in the current issue of the Atlantic. (And could that magazine actually be taking a progressive position on aging?) As she observes, it’s an intriguing idea and also a profoundly counterintuitive one, given the notorious dearth of women in the halls of power.

Join us for some consciousness-raising

On Thursday, June 25th, I'm teaming up with the Radical Age Movement for an evening of consciousness-raising and connecting. The evening begins with my new talk, "Let's Rock This Chair: Yes to Aging, No to Ageism." Then we'll divide into small groups for an hour-long breakout session, after which Alice Fisher will talk about moving from personal to cultural change. Guaranteed to entertain, educate, and provoke—come!


I'm one of "100 Inspiring Women" making positive change around the world

 The inaugural issue of Salt magazine lists me as one of their “100 greatest change agents—women who have a hugely positive influence all over the world."  I'm one of very few Americans and keep company with remarkable social justice and human rights activists, including Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Arundhati Roy, Pussy Riot, Germaine Greer, Jane Goodall, and Naomi Wolf.  It's very exciting to see ageism on the world stage and have my work recognized in this way.

Finally—a snappy answer when someone calls you "young lady"

It's great to see Peg Cruikshank blogging for the Silver Century Foundation alongside Margaret Gullette and me. Cruikshank is the author of Learning to Be Old, among other important books, and her first post tackles what she calls the "Young Lady Dance." What's her response to being addressed as "young lady?"

"Why are you calling attention to my age?"