The feminist movement gave women many gifts. Whatever your opinion about “women’s lib,” most efforts to achieve equality and independence have been helpful. Women can vote, own property and enjoy a wide range of legal and financial freedoms. Women truly have come out of the shadows and chosen to take off their invisibility cloaks.
For years, you have been wondering what to do in retirement, once it finally arrives. Many people put off big life plans and dreams until after they’re finished working. Maybe you have been saying to yourself that you will take a certain trip or have a certain experience or pursue a certain venture after you retire.
When I was 12 years old, I spent a lot of time imagining how my life would unfold. I created a wonderful plan, complete with well-defined dots, connected by entirely straight lines. I soon realized that the map I drew in my mind was sketched in pencil, not in ink.
Women, especially older women, often feel invisible. Like many women, I spoke out in the 1960s. I pushed hard to build a career in a “man’s world” and I started the Sixty and Me community to give women over 60 a voice.
Nancy Collamer is my guest on this latest episode the Sixty and Me Show. Nancy is a well-known career coach and author of a book called “Second Act Careers: 50 Ways to Profit from Your Passions in Semi-Retirement.” As a blogger for Next Avenue and Forbes, she writes about issues facing older women in “semi-retirement”.
What would a city look like if was designed for women? The idea of “women friendly urban planning” might sound strange, but, the truth is, men and women use public transport, streets and parks in very different ways. City planners have started to examine how these differences should influence the way cities should be designed.
I just watched a TED talk given by a young mother named Stacey Kramer. She explained that she had recently received an amazing gift. Her gift was the size of a golf ball, yet, its impact on her life had been massive. It had brought her family together, made her feel loved and appreciated and allowed her to reconnect with friends. It had helped her focus what was important in her life and re-established her faith.
What do medieval beguines, communal living apartments, the Golden Girls and Suzanne Braun Levine all have in common? They’re all examples of how women can support one another in dealing with the challenges of getting older. There are many things that today’s women can learn from the idea of shared living communities.