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Refusing to be Silent After 60

By Margaret Manning January 10, 2015 Mindset

Women over 60 have so much wisdom to share with the world. So, why does it feel like we are expected to be silent? Maybe it has something to do with how older people are portrayed in movies and on TV. Other the occasional “angry seniors”, most of the men and women over 60 that you see on screen are happy to age gracefully.

Perhaps this is the reason that I love the following quote by Madeleine Albright. “It took me a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I’m not going to be silent.” I couldn’t agree more!


I’d love to get your thoughts on this. Please answer the following questions in the comments.

Now that you are in your 60s, 70s or older, do you feel that you are more or less likely to speak your mind? Why? Do you believe that women over 60 have a unique perspective to share with the world? Why do you think that movies and TV shows continue to support the myth that life after 60 should be a time of quiet reflection rather than passionate exploration?

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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