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“I’m not brave for letting my hair go white,” begins Joan Walsh’s essay in The Nation, where the former on-air political analyst at CNN and MSNBC is the national affairs correspondent.

Like most of us during the pandemic lockdowns, she couldn’t access her stylist and colorist — what I call…


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When people ask me how I’m doing during the pandemic, my answer has been consistent — even though I took a major financial hit on my Airbnb business, which I need to get, by, I’ve been healthy, I have a roof over my head, I’m still working, the same for…


Charlotte Gainsbourg

Actor and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg turned 50 this summer, and it has not been a happy thing for her. In a recent interview, she says:

“I didn’t like it [turning 50]. I was very stressed and nervous about my forties. But the thing is, I’d just had a baby, so…


Stop telling Julianne Moore she’s “aging gracefully.”

You’re a woman approaching your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. How do you see yourself aging?

If you’re Julianne Moore, it’s not “aging gracefully.”

That’s an incredibly sexist term, the 60-year-old actor says in a recent interview because it’s mostly directed at women. …


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A few months ago, a girlfriend and I were discussing men when I asked her, “What do we want a man for?”

If we asked ourselves that same question when we were in our 20s or 30s, our answer would be clear — as hetero single women, we wanted a…


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Netflix’s series On the Verge, may be a newly minted hit, but when the show’s actor, writer and director Julie Delpy was shopping around a script about four women in their 40s and 50s in 2013, few people were willing to back a show focusing on middle-aged women. That’s the…


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“Hey, folks who are over 40, let me ask you something … is it over at 40?”

“Is 50 too late to go back to school and get a new career because I am fed the fuck up with this one.”

“Just want someone to tell me it’s okay to…


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In a brilliant essay in The New York Times, “America Made Me a Feminist,” former supermodel Paulina Porizkova wrote about how women are treated around the world, or at least the countries she’s lived in, and in America.

Moving to France after living in Sweden, where there’s more equality, she…


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If you’re a woman, it’s most likely seared in your memory. Maybe it came from a barista or cashier a wait person or a flight attendant or a telemarketer. It’s the moment you’re called “ma’am.”

It comes unexpectedly, when you may or may not be at a transitional life stage…


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A few years ago, a middle-aged friend was clothes shopping with her millennial daughter and they gravitated to a women’s store known for its shapeless outfits in muted earth tones— Eileen Fisher.

“Mom,” her daughter said, “you might as well wear a T-shirt that says, ‘I give up.’”

Her daughter…

Vicki Larson

Award-winning journalist, coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” mom, changing the narrative about older women

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