TEDxWomen Part 3 - Rebirth - Page 2
Suzanne Braun Levine - Authority on women and family issues and media.
We should look at our 50th birthday as the beginning of a beginning. It is a life transition as far reaching as adolescence. In both cases we are asking ourselves who we are and where do we fit in the world. This is a 2nd adulthood. A fertile void where we ask ourselves what are we going to do with the rest of our life. Sooner or later every women thinks, I don't care what people think any more. That is the hallmark of what I call the "f*ck you fifties". We need to sort things out and shake things up. No more shoulda, woulda coulda.
Gloria Steinem - writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist.
Interviewed by Dr. Salamishah Tillet. Steinem is 77 and she's happy. A feeling came over her recently that she doesn't want anything that she doesn't have. Our culture has created such conformity that we don't exactly know what the process of aging is. We individualized the feminist movement too much. It was about all of us. Really much more about black women even though not looked at that way. It is crucial for men to raise children as much as women do.
Mary Catherine Bateson - writer and cultural anthropologist.
There is now a new period of the life cycle before old age. Women are going to take the lead on this. It’s not the end, it’s the beginning. Our society with its ageism is very unusual. The stereotypes that we've internalized throughout the decades are obsolete. That is why we say we don't feel our age. Older women need to be advocates for peace and justice for the future and future generations. Where are we going to put our time, our effort, our skills, our passion? Middle aged people don't have time. Somebody needs to be impassioned advocates for a positive future.
You might also be interested in the first two articles of my TEDxWomen series - Resilience and Relationships. Please come back tomorrow for the last article in the series, TEDxWomen - Part 4 - Reimagining.