I have discussed the importance of strengthening and creating intergenerational relationships, but usually, I’m talking about the relationships between boomers and the younger generations, the X’s and the millennials. One important connection, however, for boomer women in particular, is with the generation of matures, those women who are in their 70s and 80s right now, many of the first feminists who are also among the first to transition from work to “retirement” and to benefit from our increasing longevity.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. ―Henry David Thoreau You have no doubt heard the phrase, “No one on their deathbed regrets not having worked more.” The point is clearly to remind us to focus on what matters. But are we truly motivated by a fear of regret? Research […]
On Thursday, I wrote about women’s increasing economic and professional power as well as the backlash from the patriarchy in the form of assaults on women’s rights and bodies and a resurgence of the old boy’s club in corporate America. The answer is to bypass the current system. How, you ask? We must recognize that […]
Women are increasing their power all over the world, and the world is profiting from it. A recent McKinsey survey showed an increase in profits in emerging markets for 34 percent of companies who’d made empowering women a priority. According to Catalyst, companies with women board members outperform those with all-male boards by 42% to […]
I was as excited as anyone when Marissa Mayer was hired as CEO of Yahoo while in the third trimester of her pregnancy. I don’t think it ever occurred to anyone that this woman would not advocate for a family-friendly workplace at a minimum. So of course, I was also as shocked as anyone to […]
All over the world, people are working past the usual retirement ages. In some cases, this is due to the minimum age rising, and in others, people need or want the income, the security. But, as I’ve discussed before (e.g., The Retirement Age Myth), many people are continuing to work because they want to, because […]
A recent article, “44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know,” was heartening to see. We need more publicity for accomplished women, particularly in STEM fields, to inspire all women to unleash their own visionary voices and step unabashedly into what has heretofore been seen as the domain of men.
This historic week reminds us of just how much we have been through together, as a nation and as individuals, from the civil rights movement we honor as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., to women’s rights, so much of which is embodied in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision made 40 years […]
Today marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important—and contentious—Supreme Court decisions regarding women: Roe vs. Wade. Both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups are marking this historic decision, with celebrations or marches, story-telling or protests. For me, the day is bittersweet, for I personally celebrate the decision yet the anniversary brings into sharp relief […]
Most of us have a visceral reaction to news about violence against women, such as the brutal gang rape on the public bus in New Delhi, the kidnapping and gang rape of a young girl by members of her high school’s football team in Ohio, or the young Pakistani girl being shot in the head […]