I was so excited to see this recent Jess Bennett article about how women over 60 are having “a moment.” Lily linked to it in the newsletter, and the gist is this: From Glenn Close to Nancy Pelosi to Susan Zirinsky, women over 60 are in power across multiple industries. From the piece: “It seems that older women, long invisible or shunted aside, are experiencing an unfamiliar sensation: power.”
There’s nothing not to like about this trend, right? I found that my 40s have been such a power decade for me because I’m no longer condescended or sexualized or minimized…or at least not nearly as much as I was in most of my career. People for sure hate me. People are for sure threatened by me. People for sure still think I’m overrated or whatever. But they can’t deny that I’m talented, I’ve accomplished things, I’m a survivor, I have power, I ain’t going anywhere, and trolling me doesn’t seem to have any impact.
60 only sounds better. And we’ve got the numbers, let’s make sure everyone knows it. Per Bennett: “There are more women over 50 in this country today than at any other point in history, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. Those women are healthier, are working longer and have more income than previous generations.”
This is one of the reasons I love that Chairman Mom is explicitly cross-generational. I think there is a lot of place for communities that only target a single generation, but I think when it comes to solving the hardest problems women face, to building careers, to navigating the insanity of parenthood, of finding adult friendships, relationships—alllllll that—I don’t know why you would limit yourself to people at your exact age or stage. The women who have helped me the most on this site are ones that have long ago lived what I’m struggling with now.
I wish we had more grandmothers on the site. Because when I say “grandmother” you may think of our culture’s cliche of a frail little old lady who can’t use an iPhone. I picture Hillary Clinton. I picture Susan Lyne. I picture a woman at the peak of her power with no f***s left to give.
On that note, if you haven’t checked out the Instagram feed @excellentcoatsonirritatedwomen, go do it NOW.