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Featured in Fabulous magazine. Are women over 50 winning the battle to be seen?

fabulous mag feature image [800x600]Article by Ceri Wheeldon

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?


Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Jill Humphreys

    June 3, 2013

    Dear Ceri
    As an avid follower of your work regarding these tender ages of ours..I have to say that since I decided to enter the world off online marketing/digital Experts Academy i have so enjoyed many social interaction with ladies of similar ages and a wide range of careers..I personally think that 50 is the new 30..we can have a platform behind the scenes and work as and when to generate our lifestyles. I for one am living the life I so love in my 50s and feel fitter and more enthusiastic about my world than ever I did in my 20s to 40s. Life is good life is rewarding ..life is fantastic..more changes take place in a womans life than ever during this time..a point when others may think about their retirement. Kids moving on ..maybe grandparents..for me its whole new world of learning gaining more education having my own Coaching Business and financial success…bring it on.. 🙂

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      June 3, 2013

      Hi Jill, Fab to have another positive voice reinforcing that life can and does get better after 50! As you say, lots of change but lots of opportunity too, as long as we have the confidence to take them! You’ll have to keep us updated with your ventures! Ceri 🙂

  2. Nicola

    June 3, 2013

    Well a couple of things. If you havn’t grown up by the age of fifty, you don’t have to and there is a big rumour going round that 50 is the new 30!
    I turned 50 last month whilst on my honeymoon in Maldives. I married the man of my dreams (not our first marriage) at the fabulous venue St Audries Park, which was my boarding school infront of our friends and family. I have never felt so happy vibrant and comfortable in my skin. I am training to add a new business in Style Coaching alongside my Practice Nursing so I can offer the whole inside out package.
    My daughter who is simply stunning, is 19 this month. I am in awe of her beauty and confidence at her age and I absolutely champion her spirit. She makes me feel complete. Plenty more to write on this fab at fifty… Life truly has just got started!

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      June 3, 2013

      Hi Nicola, it sounds as though your life has truly come together for you at 50! Fab that you are so happy. If you ever want to expand on your views about life over 50 feel free to write a post for the site. We really are all in this together! Ceri 🙂

      • Nicola

        July 2, 2013

        thanks for your kind comments. Love what your doing and would be honoured to write on your site. Any angle in particular?
        Nicola x

    • Judith Brady

      June 7, 2013

      Hello Nicola,
      I just read your comment to Ceri – sounds like you are the epitome of being fabulous over fifty! I am the resident style expert for Fab after Fifty and I trained and qualified with the Institute of Style Coaching several years ago. As Ceri says, we are are all in this together and should help support each other – if you’d like any help regarding becoming a Style Coach, please get in touch. My details of beneath my last style article. Kind regards, Judith

  3. Lynn Forbes

    June 3, 2013

    Ceri, our generation has been kicking down doors in so many ways since we were young women and it’s so fabulous to be a part of this force of nature that we are!

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      June 3, 2013

      I so agree Lynn. I spent nearly 30 years battling to find and hold on to my place in an industry dominated by men, and now I seem to be part of a movement ensuring we are not pushed aside on the basis of age. Fun when we can see it maling a difference and starting to work!

  4. MaryKate

    August 20, 2013

    Dear Ceri
    Firstly, thank you for the web site!! I came across it when I was searching for beauty products ( anti aging of course ) and immediately added the site as a favourite.
    I am almost 52 and have to confess that since I turned 50 life has taken on a completely new lease of life. My late 40’s were a bit of a disaster career wise, but since I have turned 50 my career is going from strength to strength.
    I was headhunted for a job and moved to Southern Germany from the UK. I have been here a year, met some lovely new friends and after many years as a singleton, met a really great guy. Pretty good eh? Well now it gets a wee bit better as I have now been approached by my company to move to the Middle East to focus on new business enterprise. So just when I thought my career was over, it seems it is taking off, and I feel quite chuffed with myself.
    The downside of having turned 50 is the huge amount of weight I have piled on :0(. I am not sure if its the menopause. my genes or the fact I over eat… but its a definite low point in another wise good period of my life.
    So Fab at Fifty?
    Funnily enough, this was the wording on my birthday invitation and the answer is definitely YES!!

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