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10 Inspirational Women over 50.

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Pauline – setting up a breast cancer charity

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

On Fab after Fifty we love to highlight real women over 50 who have reinvented their lives and inspire others. I have been incredibly privileged to meet, either online, or in person, some incredible women for this section of the website.

Just to show that women over 50 are far from invisible, and not sitting in rocking chairs, I have pulled together a list of 10 of the inspirational women we have featured so far.  If you think you, or someone you know, should be featured as a ‘Fabwoman’, please get in touch ! (email: editor@fabafterfifty.com)

Meanwhile, here are 10 inspirational women changing perceptions of women over 50.

Mariam – overcoming illness and publishing 3 successful novels in her 50s.

Debi – relocating, becoming a children’s entertainer and climbing mountains to raise money for charity.

Judy – relocation, changing career to become a celebrant and working hard to improve the lives of those with dementia.

Christyne – going to university in her 60s , winning beauty contests and starting a new career in modelling.

Pauline – setting up a charity to make young women more ‘breast aware’ following her own experience with breast cancer,


Mariam inspirational woman over 50

Mariam – publishing 3 novels

Edna –  changing her own attitude towards fitness and becoming a fitness instructor in her 60s.

Maria –  learning to ski after losing her sight.

Ena –  winning a black belt in martial arts in her 80s.

Marina – rekindling her love of music and becoming a winning composer.

Rachel –  acquiring the digital skills she needed to present her plays to a wider audience.

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. Jane Waters

    September 8, 2013

    At 58 I became a model, became a contestant for a television programme scheduled to be aired online on 14/09/2013 with Levant TV and will go world wide on satellite later. It is called Restyle. I am also a controlled epileptic who has never let that get in the way. I have driven for 25 years and not just in the UK but on both European roads and in Africa. Last year I rode in a show-jumping class and got my first ribbon, this year I started Burlesque dancing with Burlesque Jems in Essex!! It is a brilliant way for all women of any age, shape and size to embrace their bodies and feel empowered. Still early days and still learning but having a whole load of fun. I will be 60 next year and wonder what is around the corner to grab hold of and have fun doing it 🙂

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      September 20, 2013

      You are certainly challenging perceptions! I would love to feature you as a ‘Fabwoman’ on Fab after Fifty. I’m sure your story would inspire others! Ceri 🙂

  2. Irene Brankin

    September 20, 2013

    Wonderful – thanks to all your strenuous efforts, Ceri, perhaps inroads are being made into the media’s view of over 50’s – My message is ‘Don’t Box Us In’ to fit your stories!!!

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      September 20, 2013

      Very True Irene. They really should stop pigeon holing us!

  3. Carol Cassara

    March 4, 2014

    Will have no more excuses, myself, after seeing these inspirational women!

  4. Jennifer

    September 17, 2014

    Thanks for sharing these fabulous women!! They are more than inspiring, they are roll models for us all.

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