As I look at the feature of me in Fabulous Magazine ‘The Golden Age’ in ‘The Age Issue’, I can’t help but wonder if we are finally starting to change perceptions of women over 50.
I started the Fab after Fifty website because I am so passionate about women over 50 being recognised for the value women over 50 bring to society, and I have a determination that no woman of any age should be invisible. In part a magazine article I read when I was 49 propelled me into action and launch the website. In a letter to an agony aunt, where the writer, in her 50s, felt her life was effectively over and everything was passing her by, while she saw her daughter enjoying the sort of life she had once had. The agony aunt responded, not with a rallying call, but with a suggestion which effectively consigned the writer to rocking chairs and knitting. This did not reflect the reality of how I saw my 50 and 60 something friends living – all vibrant women, and all living life to the full. On the same day an article featured Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone and Madonna- all fabulous and glamorous – but wasn’t there a middle ground?
Are women over 50 finally being seen and heard?
So, seeing myself in the national press, featured as a woman in her 50s living life and not letting it just pass by ( and by the way I HATE having my photo taken! ) , makes we wonder if we are finally making headway in the battle to have women over 50 seen and heard.
As we claim column inches to show our lives as they are, are we showing that 50 is far too young to be written off?
I hope so!!
What do you think?