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In our youth-oriented culture, it’s rare to find an example of someone who yearns to be older.
So it was refreshing to come across Kate Parkinson-Morgan’s essay for NPR, “I'm 22, and I Can't Wait to Be an Old Lady.”
“Older women are my heroes,” writes the Gimlet Media radio producer. “I'm envious of their knowledge — the beautiful, rich kind of knowing that only unfurls with time, patience and experience.”
While acknowledging the ageist, sexist stereotypes all around us, Parkinson-Morgan notes that we're doing a better job of celebrating women over 50 these days and she points to many inspiring examples.
“Today young women can look to a great many accomplished older women for guidance,” she says.
For examples, see the five trailblazers on the following slides.
1. Lily Tomlin
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Why she's inspiring: Portrays older women as multidimensional characters, as in the 2015 film Grandma
2. Nina Totenberg
Occupation: NPR legal affairs correspondent
Why she's inspiring: Explains the complex U.S. legal system in a thoughtful and engaging way
3. Gloria Steinem
Occupation: Feminist, writer and activist
Why she's inspiring: Paved the way for the feminist organizers of today
4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Occupation: Supreme Court Justice
Why she's inspiring: Has become an Internet famous feminist icon as the Notorious RBG
5. Iris Apfel
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Occupation: Fashion icon and designer
Why she's inspiring: Still setting style trends and being fabulous in her 90s